The European Commission has appointed a British computer security expert to help it ensure that Microsoft complies with its 2004 anti-trust ruling against the company.
The commission has appointed Neil Barrett as an independent monitoring trustee to help with its compliance work with Microsoft. Barrett formerly worked at Bull and is a visiting professor at Cranfield and Glamorgan universities, where he specialises in computer security.
Although Microsoft is still going through a long appeal process against the commission’s anti-trust judgement, the company welcomed Barrett’s appointment.
The commission said Barrett would start work immediately.
Last year, Brussels fined Microsoft £350m for anti-competitive behaviour and ordered the company to make changes in the way it distributes some products in Europe, including its Windows Media Player.
Microsoft is also being forced to make its server protocols available to rival suppliers of server software. This area of the judgement will take up a large part of Barrett’s time.