European Rivals Criticize Vista for Antitrust Flaws

As Microsoft Corp. gears up for the consumer launch of Vista, rivals slammed the new product, claiming that it breaks the very same European antitrust laws that its operating-system predecessor, XP, fell foul of in 2004, and that it will be riddled with bugs. "Microsoft has chosen to ignore the fundamental principles of the Commission’s March 2004 decision," said Simon Awde, chairman of the European Committee for Interoperable Systems in a statement, adding that the new product goes even further, by leveraging its desktop dominance to compete on the Internet.

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