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Move draws criticism from some analysts

Remember those allegations by browser makers Google Inc. (GOOG) and the Mozilla Foundation, alleging that Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) wasn't giving them full access to necessary interfaces in Windows 8?

Well, the European Union sure remembers.  Not too long after it admonished Microsoft for breaking its browser ballot box promises and threatened more fines, it announced a new probe into whether Microsoft was impeding competition.

The browser makers have suggested that Microsoft may be effectively banning third-party browsers from Windows 8 RT.  Microsoft has denied this claim.

Surprisingly, typically pro-Apple, Inc. (AAPL) blogger John Gruber blasted the probe in a post on his blog Daring Fireball.  The unlikely ally points out that Apple has a near identical model of differentiation and has received little EU scrutiny, writing:

So Apple can do it with iOS but Microsoft can’t with Windows RT, despite the fact that the iPad and iPhone are selling tens of millions of units per quarter and there is yet to ship a single Windows RT device?

With that said, even unlikely allies may be unable to save Microsoft as the EU salivates at the prospect of collect more billion-dollar fines from the beleagured operating system giant.

Sources: Daring Fireball, Reuters



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By superPC on 7/19/2012 6:21:18 PM , Rating: 0
well because jailbreak is legal and supported in EU ( http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-07/28/inv... ) and US. so in effect you can run anything you like on a jailbroken iphone or ipad, including browser. but nobody knows about programming environment in win rt desktop (and remember that right now, the only software allowed to run on win rt desktop are microsoft software). it could very well be that it's impossible for other to run a software on desktop win rt and indeed the exposed api on metro is limited. so this allegation has merit.




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