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'EU warns MS to limit Vista features'

EU's top competition regulator has warned MS it won't be allowed to sell its new Vista operating system in Europe if it comes pre-loaded with certain features.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 13:03 IST

The European Union's top competition regulator has warned Microsoft Corp it won't be allowed to sell its new Vista operating system in Europe if it comes pre-loaded with certain features, the

Wall Street Journal

said on Wednesday.

Neelie Kroes, the EU's antitrust commissioner, told the newspaper she sent a letter last week to Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer citing concerns similar to those in a continuing dispute between the EU and Microsoft over other Microsoft software packaged with the company's current Windows operating system.

The EU letter follows Microsoft's announcement last week that it would delay release of Vista until January due to a need for more tests of the software.

A Microsoft spokesman told the paper his company was not aware of the March 20 letter and was therefore unable to comment. Reuters was not immediately able to reach Microsoft officials.

A spokesman for Kroes said the EU is concerned about Microsoft's plans for Internet searches, but did not elaborate, the report said. Google Inc and other Internet-search services have said they are concerned Microsoft could use its Internet Explorer 7 Web browser to unfairly direct computer users to Microsoft's own search service, the Journal said.