The European Commission has appointed a British computer security expert to help it ensure that Microsoft complies with the commission's 2004 antitrust ruling against the company.
The commission has named Neil Barrett as an independent monitoring trustee of 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 the appeal process against the antitrust judgement, the company welcomed Barrett's appointment.
In 2004, Brussels fined Microsoft £350m for anti-competitive behaviour and ordered it to make changes to the way some products are distributed in Europe, including its Windows Media Player.
Microsoft is also being forced to make available its server protocols to suppliers of rival server software products. This area of the judgement will take up a large part of Barrett's time.