Commissioner Kroes is on Microsoft's case
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Microsoft aims to allow competitors' malware-sniffing capabilities, says Adrien Robinson, a director in Microsoft's security technology unit. "But it's a two-way street," she says--security software companies will have to change their code, too.
Microsoft also made last-minute changes to Internet Explorer 7, released last week for Windows XP, so users have greater flexibility to make search engines other than Microsoft's the default.
In Brussels last week, Microsoft said it would make its virtual hard disk format for running multiple Windows and Linux apps on one server available royalty-free (see "Microsoft Opens Virtualization Standard In Gambit Against VMware").
The European Commission, guided by competition commissioner Neelie Kroes, has fined Microsoft 777.5 million euros in the past two years and made little secret of its concerns about Vista. They won't likely end with its launch.