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担心微软入侵杀毒市场 赛门铁克提起投诉


http://www.sina.com.cn 2005年10月11日 15:33 赛迪网

  作者: 天虹

  【赛迪网讯】担心微软入侵杀毒市场 赛门铁克向欧盟提出反垄断投诉10月7日消息,欧盟委员会一位官员和熟悉这件事的律师本周四(10月6日)称,计算机安全公司赛门铁克将针对微软即将推出的PC保护服务向欧盟委员会提出反垄断投诉。

  据道琼斯新闻报道,一位不愿意透露姓名的律师表示,赛门铁克向欧盟委员会提出了非正式的投诉。这种做法将为欧盟管理部门考虑这个反垄断案是否成立保留一些时间。如果赛门铁克提出正式的、书面的投诉,欧盟委员会将有义务展开调查。

  这个存在争议的问题是微软将推出一项名为“Windows OneCare”的服务进入计算机安全业务领域。这项服务将为家庭电脑用户提供最新的杀毒、反间谍软件和防火墙等防御措施。这项服务目前还是测试版,正式版计划在明年年初推出。

  进入家庭计算机保护领域使微软与赛门铁克和McAfee等

杀毒软件和安全软件厂商展开了直接的竞争。这些安全软件厂商为家庭计算机用户提供各种保护工具和清除
病毒
的工具。

  据欧盟委员会的官员称,这个问题是微软计划在明年推出的某些版本的Windows Vista

操作系统软件中捆绑杀毒软件程序。

  赛门铁克发言人Genevieve Haldeman称,只要还存在公平竞争的场地,赛门铁克就将与微软在市场上展开竞争而不是在法庭上进行斗争。我们现在还没有正式向欧盟委员会提出投诉。

  两周前,欧盟委员会高级反垄断官员Neelie Kroes说,她的办公室已经收到了针对微软的非正式投诉,但是,没有提供具体的细节。欧盟委员会发言人不愿意对此消息发表评论。微软的代表也没有立即对此消息发表评论。

  这位律师表示,赛门铁克向欧盟委员会提出投诉是因为美国的反垄断部门不愿意处理微软的问题。欧洲是受伤害的公司惟一能够去说理的地方。

  Symantec Complaining To EU About Microsoft -Sources

  Thursday October 6, 4:57 PM EDT

  BRUSSELS -(Dow Jones)- Computer security company Symantec Corp. (SYMC) (SYMC) is complaining to European Union antitrust regulators about a home computer protection service Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) (MSFT) is close to launching, a E.U. Commission official and a lawyer familiar with the matter said Thursday.

  Symantec (SYMC) is complaining to the Commission on an informal basis, in a manner that gives the regulator time to consider whether a full-blown antitrust case is merited, said the lawyer, who asked not to be identified. If Symantec (SYMC) lodges a formal, written complaint, the regulator will be obliged to investigate, he added.

  At issue is Microsoft's (MSFT) move into the computer security business with a service called Windows OneCare, which will provide home computer users with up- to-date antivirus, antispyware and firewall defenses. The service is currently available in a test version and is slated for a full launch early next year.

  A move into home computer protection puts Microsoft (MSFT) in direct competition with antivirus and security software makers like Symantec (SYMC) and McAfee Inc. (MFE) (MFE), which offer a variety of protective and virus-clean-up tools for home computers.

  The problem, according to the Commission official, is that Microsoft (MSFT) plans to bundle this program with some versions of Windows Vista, the next incarnation of its ubiquitous Windows operating system due for release next year.

  "We will fight Microsoft (MSFT) in the markets, not in the courts as long as there is a level playing field," said Symantec (SYMC) spokeswoman Genevieve Haldeman. "We have not filed a formal complaint with the European Commission."

  Two weeks ago, the E.U. Commission's top antitrust regulator Neelie Kroes said her office has received informal complaints about Microsoft (MSFT), but did not provide details. Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd declined to comment on the matter.

  A Microsoft (MSFT) spokesman wasn't immediately available for comment.

  Microsoft (MSFT) on Thursday said it will release a subscription-based security program for business users next year. This service will be called Client Protection. The Commission official and the lawyer did not know whether Symantec (SYMC)had complained about this product.

  Bundling has created antitrust problems for Microsoft (MSFT) in the past. In 2004, the Commission fined the software giant a record EUR497 million and ordered it to produce a version of Windows without a bundled media player.

  The lawyer noted that Symantec (SYMC) is complaining to the Commission because U.S. antitrust regulators "don't want to take on Microsoft (MSFT), and Europe is the only place for injured companies to turn."

  -By Adam Cohen, Dow Jones Newswires; +322 741 1486; adam.cohen@dowjones.com

  (END) Dow Jones Newswires

  10-06-05 1657ET

  Copyright (c) 2005 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

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