Windows Vista is far from a warm and welcoming debut on the European market. In fact, this is an understatement. A group comprised of IBM, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Adobe Systems, Oracle, Corel, RealNetworks, Linspire, Opera and Red Hat have filed an official complaint with the European Union Antitrust Commission alleging that Microsoft has not adapted Windows Vista according to the issues brought to its attention towards the end of 2006.
Microsoft has not issued any official comments regarding the manner. With only three days before the worldwide commercial availability of Windows Vista, the group claimed that under the EU laws, Windows Vista perpetuates anticompetitive and monopolistic practices.
According to the European Committee for Interoperable Systems, with Windows Vista, Microsoft is ignoring the European Commission’s antitrust ruling dating back to March 2004. The Redmond Company is accused of no less than laboring to expand its monopoly to the Internet.
The EU Commission confirmed the existence of the complaint and revealed that it is in the process of examining its validity. The complaint is focused on Microsoft’s XAML markup language and on the open XML file format (OOXML).
The only actual progress Microsoft has made over complaints in Europe was the development of the security APIs for x64 editions of Windows Vista. In this regard, the Redmond Company has already released a first draft of the APIs to third party security vendors and will make the final version available with Windows Vista Service Pack 1 in the second half of 2007.
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