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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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RE: This is ridiculous
By brucek2 on 7/19/2012 6:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
Far from being a market leader, Microsoft is currently barely an also-ran in the mobile device market. The time to spend a lot of public funds and regulatory attention is when someone has attained a monopoly / clear dominance, not when they are in distant last place and barely relevant.

Now if you expand from just the portable market that 8 RT is aimed at, to computing devices generally, IE is then up to something like 50% browser share (but dropping.) But that 50% is nowhere near close enough to dominate internet standards and so also doesn't seem worthy of government action.


RE: This is ridiculous
By BZDTemp on 7/20/2012 7:27:48 AM , Rating: 1
Microsoft has a history of abusing their position so it seems prudent that they are being watched. Note that no action against Microsoft has been taken in this matter and non will be taken unless called for.

This is no different than say doing an inspection at an oil company's rigs to ensure they aren't polluting the water. It is much better to make sure no mess is made rather than having to clean up afterwards.


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