Feeds

EC checks MS compliance

Asks IT industry for report card...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The European Commission is collecting views from the IT industry on whether or not Microsoft is complying with the anti-trust penalties imposed on it last year.

Last March the software giant was ordered to pay a €497m fine, provide an alternative version of Windows without the Media Player and open up access to its APIs - which developers need to make software which works properly with Windows.

Microsoft is appealing the decision and will be back in court in October or November. The firm insists it is already complying with the EC's punishment.

A spokesman told the New York Times: "The protocols are available today, as is the new version of Windows, which is now available to PC makers."

But Windows without Microsoft's Media Player is not available to anyone but OEMs because of disagreement over the name. Part of the agreement was that the software should not be more expensive, or have less features, than full fat Windows.

Microsoft's decision to call the unbundled software Windows Reduced Media is seen by the EC as breaching this agreement. Microsoft is now working with the Commission to find a new name. The unbundled product will include a media player from a rival firm such as Real Media or Apple.®

Related stories

Microsoft v EC: peace unlikely
Pulp Fiction writer sues Microsoft over virtual yoga
EC objects to MS - Time Warner ContentGuard takeover

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search
Microsoft system will be the default for browser in US until 2020
Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU
Cupertino stands down after Euro legal threats
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
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.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.