According to a report in "The Financial Times," European Union (EU) antitrust officials in the European Commission (EC) have expanded their investigation of Microsoft's upcoming OS, Windows Vista. The EC is now investigating whether the inclusion of encryption and handwriting-recognition features in Vista will undermine Microsoft's competition.
Microsoft was allegedly warned of these concerns in a letter in July, said "The Financial Times." So far, it's unclear whether the software giant has responded.
However, Microsoft has been quite busy responding to other EU complaints lately. The EU is also investigating whether Vista security and page-publishing features are anticompetitive. Coincidentally, security firm McAfee paid for a full-page ad in the print version of today's "The Financial Times," stating that Microsoft is using "flawed logic" to deny access to the Vista kernel. In previous Windows versions, both hackers and security firms were able to alter the kernel at runtime, but Microsoft doesn't offer this capability in Vista, for legitimate reasons or otherwise.