updated 09:00 am EDT, Thu September 21, 2006
Adobe and Symantec Lobby
Already under pressure from the European Commission for alleged antitrust violations and its threatening a delay of its upcoming OS launch on the continent, Microsoft today encountered further opposition from American software developers lobbying EC officials, according to the Wall Street Journal. Both creative suite designer Adobe and security firm Symantec have told European regulators that built-in features of Windows Vista will hurt the smaller companies' ability to compete in the market. Microsoft's inclusion of PDF creation and viewing support should be removed, says Adobe, whose Acrobat software is the origin of the format. In turn, Symantec objects to the integration of anti-spyware tools and other protections in Vista that will dissuade users from buying third-party security software such as Norton Internet Security. The EC has already brought up doubts about the fairness of bundling security software with the OS.