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European Windows Vista launch may be delayed by anti-trust compliance

Microsoft has suggested that the European launch of its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system could be delayed by the anti-trust requirements of the European Commission.

Vista is scheduled to be released to large businesses this November, and a general launch is being planned by Microsoft for next January.

But Reuters reports that the company has said a European launch may be delayed if the commission insists on design changes for the OS before it comes to market.

Microsoft has still not complied with the commission’s 2004 anti-trust judgement against the company, and the two sides have recently exchanged critical opinions of each others’ modus operandi.

The company is said to have made proposals to the commission as to how it can address any concerns the commission has about Vista.

The company says it is still waiting for a response, which may lead to design changes to Vista, and a resulting delay to its European launch.

The commission, according to Reuters, has responded by saying Microsoft’s latest proposals were only recently received, and that it is up to the company to decide whether a product complies with European market rules before it is launched.

 

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