Ah, the sound of 5 year olds arguing in the playground. It bring back such fond memories.
Alas, my hearties (I'm warming up for International Talk Like A Pirate Day), this is no child's tantrum. The world's "near monopolist" in software, Microsoft, has told the European Commissioner that unless it "make[s] their regulatory path clearer, more consistent and transparent", they will not be shipping Vista to Europe.
Microsoft are seeking approval for Vista from the commission before it releases the software rather than after the fact. Jonathan Todd, the European Commission spokesman on competition, points out that "[t]he responsibility for ensuring that Vista complies fully with EU competition rules ... lies not with the commission but with Microsoft."
I have to say I'm not totally surprised that Microsoft will act this childishly, but it's rather amusing nonetheless. Unfortunately, Microsoft didn't follow through on similar threats to Korea, so it seems that Europe will be burdened with this operating system anyway.