Microsoft, previously punished by Brussels over competition issues, has promised the data to comply with European Union requirements that stem from a landmark 2004 decision that the U.S. company used its dominant Windows system to hurt rivals.More details at Reuters.
The codes are important for the software companies as they will allow them to suppress Microsoft's own security "pop-ups" if a PC user decides to buy alternative security software, thus keeping brands distinct from that of Microsoft.
Separately, Microsoft is still developing software essential to the companies so they can block "spyware" and other malicious software.
Microsoft shares Windows Vista data with security firms
Posted on Wednesday, October 18 2006 @ 3:47 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck