Feeds

Europe reserves right to resume MS contract enquiry

So Microsoft had better be good in its ISP dealings

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The European Union has finally approved the ISP contracts Microsoft implemented at the beginning of last year. But the European Commission has reserved the right to reopen its investigation if any future change "in the factual or legal situation affected any essential aspect... that warranted a further enquiry." To some extent that's a warning to Microsoft to watch its contractual language, but it's also a nod towards the US. While Microsoft and the DoJ have been locked in mortal combat, Europe has sat on the sidelines as part of a 'carve-up' arrangement with the US authorities. The deal between the two is intended to avoid duplication and/or clashes of investigations. In the case of Microsoft, the US DoJ is lead member, while the Commission's policy is wait and see. If the DoJ wins, Europe will certainly at least check through Microsoft's contracts again, referring to whatever remedies are imposed as it does so. If Microsoft wins, Europe will quite possibly take its ball away and mount a huge investigation of its own. Under the agreements now approved by the Commission Microsoft effectively runs co-marketing deals with ISPs, where the ISP is in a list of recommended access suppliers and in exchange pays a bounty for new subscribers, and promotes Internet Explorer. This kind of arrangement in any event seems to be on the wane; Microsoft witnesses in the DoJ trial protested the company didn't make any money out of it, and Microsoft has ceded some control of the recommended ISP list, at least to the major PC companies. The contracts have also been somewhat de-fanged, as ISPs now won't have to pay penalties if they fail to make their Internet Explorer distribution quotas. This itself concerns Microsoft less than previously, at least for as long as IE remains firmly bolted to Windows. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS
Beancounter reckons dabs-scanning tech is the next big moneypit
Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook
Office Graph, social features for Office 365 going public
Alibaba swings a large one with STONKING IPO legal bills
Chinese e-commerce beast searches for $21bn from investors
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
EMC has nothing to say on VMware sale plan
Rumour and counter-rumour swirl around Wall Street
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.