Stories by Simon Taylor

Activists warn of rerun of Euro software patent fight

Opponents of attempts to allow software to be patented in the European Union warned Monday that new consultations on an E.U.-wide general patent could be used to reintroduce software patents through the back door.

Microsoft hit with fresh complaint over Office

Some of Microsoft's biggest rivals lodged a new complaint with the European Commission Wednesday over its Office applications suite and other, upcoming products, arguing that the company's business practices are shutting out competitors.

EC officials reviewing Vista complaints

Officials with the European Commission confirmed Friday that they are examining complaints lodged by rivals against Microsoft's Vista operating system due to be launched by the end of this year.

Microsoft says EU denied it rights in antitrust case

Microsoft has written to the European Commission to complain that the company is being denied the normal rights to defense in its antitrust case. In a letter sent to the Commission on Monday, a Microsoft lawyer said that the Commission was "seriously prejudicing Microsoft's rights of defense" in the ongoing antitrust case by denying the company access to certain files relating to the case.

EC visits Microsoft to discuss case

Antitrust investigators from the European Commission are holding meetings with key Microsoft officials at the company's U.S. headquarters to discuss whether it is complying with the Commission's antitrust ruling of March 2004, a Commission spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

Microsoft asks EC for compliance delay

Microsoft has asked for more time to comply with a European Commission antitrust ruling forcing it to ensure full interoperability with its workgroup server software, a Commission spokesman said on Monday. tops list of domain name requests was the most sought after domain name using the European Union's own TLD (top-level domain) on the opening day for registrations. According to data supplied by EURid, the body responsible for registering .eu domain names, received the highest number of applications.

New .eu domain 'as important as .com'

European Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding said on Thursday that she expected "several hundreds of thousands" of companies to apply to use the new .eu domain name.

EU lawyer says passenger data transfer to US is illegal

Members of the European Parliament have welcomed the opinion by a top legal advisor to the European Union's highest court that the transfer of airline passenger data to U.S. authorities is illegal and should be stopped.

Software group seeks role in Microsoft case

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has asked to be allowed to make arguments against Microsoft in part of its appeal against last year's antitrust ruling against it by the European Union's competition authority, the European Commission, an FSFE attorney said Thursday.

Europe initiative plans next generation middleware

Thirteen leading software, telecommunications and IT services companies launched a major new European research cooperation project on Wednesday aiming to develop the next generation of middleware for the provision of digital services.

Microsoft lodges new appeal of EC ruling

Focusing on terms for licensing its communications protocols, Microsoft said that it has lodged a new appeal against the European Commission's antitrust ruling.