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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

New Antitrust suspicions on Windows Vista

Hearings are scheduled for this week regarding whether Microsoft has complied with a European Committee directive to turn over information explaining how Windows can be made interoperable. In the meantime, commissioner Neelie Kroes is raising fresh concerns over whether Microsoft has plans to unfairly promote and extend Windows Live Search. The key, quite literally, could be in front of our faces.

According to reports this morning from Reuters and The Wall Street Journal, the EU's commissioner for competitiveness, Neelie Kroes, has launched a new wave of possible antitrust concerns about Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Vista. Those reports indicate that Kroes is studying whether certain features of Vista may be giving Microsoft an unfair advantage with regard to its Windows Live Search service, which the company is testing now, and which will likely be formally rolled out when Vista becomes available to consumers in January.

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