Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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Vista's Antitrust Complaints Just Hit a Snag

Adobe's gonna have a lot harder time proving that XPS infringes on its territory, after the Justice Department announced today that Windows Vista and IE7 passed a thorough anti-trust review.

According to the report, Microsoft and the technical committee have been offering a downloadable program that is designed to help Microsoft's competitors in the fields of Web browsers, e-mail and instant-messaging clients, and media players to make their programs "Vista-ready" before the new operating system ships.


Since the last status report filing in May, government attorneys said they received 25 complaints alleging antitrust concerns about competing middleware but said they concluded that none of those gripes had merit.

I'd like to think that puts the Adobe matter to rest, but I doubt it. My take: if they didn't want Microsoft to make a PDF exporter for Office, they shouldn't have made it a royalty-free standard.

But something tells me that Adobe will press on anyways.

As a side note, the original name of "The Technical Committee" was "The Visually Appealing Committee", but the name was rejected after the lawyers failed to adequately define "appealing".



  • I doubt it will be the end of it. The EU still sees Microsoft as a huge cash cow that they can keep milking. It will be interesting to see what type of actions they take over there when Vista is finally released.

    November 21, 2006 6:59 PM
  • Jason Cox said:

    I dont know, I'm typically first on the boat to bash the EU but arent they the ones who reccomended Microsoft submit XPS for review as a standard in the first place? I dont see how a monoply (Adobe) is going to call shenanigans- er- anti-trust on Microsoft for just entering their market with a new product, it's not like I've never bought a PC that didnt have Adobe Reader on it already.

    November 21, 2006 7:28 PM