EU Calls for Open Standards, Rebuffs Microsoft

Lora Bentley

Tuesday, European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes gave Microsoft the cold shoulder when she encouraged governments to opt for open source and open standards instead of proprietary tech. Doing so would be a "very smart business decision," she said.


According to an Associated Press piece published in the International Herald Tribune, Kroes was speaking at an OpenForum Europe conference, where she pledged the EU would further open standards by choosing them itself. She noted:

No citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to choose a closed technology over an open one, through a government having made that choice first... It must not rely on one vendor, it must not accept closed standards, and it must refuse to become locked into a particular technology.

New York Times coverage of Kroes' speech indicates that she praised the German city of Munich for its use of open source and open standards, and she also encouraged the Dutch government to continue its move to open standards.

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