Microsoft Tailors Vista to Meet EU Requirements

PC World has neatly summarized all the changes made to Windows Vista due to the European Commission's demands. The article gives an overview of security-related changes, default search settings, XPS licensing and of course the N versions (no Windows Media Player) succeeding their XP counterparts. Most of it (if not all) has already been covered during Vista's development, but now that the OS has shipped internationally, it's interesting to see just how the EU successfully influenced the American software giant: "following discussions with European Commission, Microsoft committed to make a number of changes to the Windows Vista operating system prior to release."

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If I were Microsoft, it would still be pretty annoying for me to have to remove all of this stuff from my operating system, just because some country got in a fight with me.

A bit annoying the antivirus companies got their will through with the PatchGuard API's... I hope this doesn't bite Microsoft in the end. It also looks like it'll be part of SP1, and therefore also regular American versions, and not just a special "Vista N" edition (that no one buys anyway :p), so I wonder how related it is to the EU decision after all. If it is, it's a bit strange.

The change to the XPS licensing was nice to see though and I can't see anything bad coming from that.