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[News] European Commission Widens Investigation into Monoppoly Abuse in Vista Security

Vista hit by EC fears and McAfee ire

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| But the Commission is now concerned about encryption technology
| and handwriting recognition which are included in the release. The
| Commission is concerned the development could put Microsoft back in
| bundling territory, according to the FT.


Microsoft fights the commission using FUD and intimidation.

EU's Kroes denies vendetta against Microsoft

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| BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust chief Neelie Kroes on Tuesday rejected
| an accusation she was pursuing a vendetta against U.S. software giant
| Microsoft Corp. and suspected a "coordinated campaign" to discredit
| her agency.
| [...]
|  Kroes was responding to a letter published by the newspaper from a
| Microsoft business partner who accused the EU Commission of "playing
| games" with Microsoft by raising concerns over its Vista operating
| system that could delay its launch in Europe.
| "There appears to be a coordinated campaign to portray the Commission
| in a negative light," she said...


US ambassador to the EU was former Microsoft lobbyist 

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| Before C. Boyden Gray was named as George Bush's number one person in
| Europe, he was a lawyer lobbying on behalf of Microsoft. 


Microsoft Hard-Balling EU Over Vista  

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| "This is part of the negotiating strategy," a person familiar with the
| situation told internetnews.com. "They're in a public relations battle."
| Microsoft made the same threat to South Korean regulators, but did not
| follow through when they lost that battle. 


Vista launch to add 100,000 Europe IT jobs: study

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| The study, conducted by research firm IDC and commissioned by Microsoft,
| said Windows Vista will be installed on over 30 million personal computers
| in Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and United Kingdom within the
| first year of shipment.



IDC pronounces Linux unimportant to European economy 


US politicians go to bat for Microsoft


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