European Commission eyes Vista
European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes has expressed
"worries" about Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system.
In a letter to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Kroes stated concerns over
the possibility that Vista would include "various elements which are
currently available separately from Microsoft," including integrated
Internet search and the ability to create PDF documents. The Commission
seems worried that Microsoft will use these features, along with its
monopolistic position, to take market share away from competitors such
as Google and Adobe.
Microsoft vehemently denied these claims, saying that it had "worked
hard to include partners and competitors in [its] planning, so they can
build products and services that work with Windows Vista." Microsoft is
currently facing possible €2 million a day fines from the European
Commission as it decides whether the company has successfully complied
with a 2004 antitrust ruling. That ruling required Microsoft to provide documentation to allow its competitors to better integrate their software with Windows.