Commission and Microsoft reach agreement on naming Windows XP without Media Player

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The European Commission and Microsoft reached an agreement on the denomination of the Windows XP version without Media Player that the computer giant will have to sell in Europe, through the sanctions to which it was subject in the case. antitrust.

After nine name suggestions rejected by the European executive – the first of which is Windows XP Reduced Media Edition – Microsoft now opts for the proposed Windows XP Home Edition N or Windows XP Professional Edition N, depending on the version of the operating system.

Apparently, this last proposal came from the regulators and was accepted by the computer giant in order not to delay the sale process of the new version of Windows XP. A spokesman for Microsoft, quoted by the international press, stressed that the company has already notified the EC of its decision, despite having some fear that the name will cause confusion among users. «We fear that it will cause confusion among consumers who buy the product, but we adopted the name proposed by the Commission to advance and accelerate the pace of the implementation process».

The new versions of Windows N will be on the market within a few weeks, although Microsoft officials have not advanced a specific date.

The obligation to place a version of Windows XP on the market without its multimedia player is part of the set of sanctions imposed on the software by the Commission a year ago for abuse of a dominant position. In addition to this, the European executive also imposed a record fine of 497 million euros and demanded that Microsoft share more information about its systems with the competition.

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