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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 knutjb on 7/19/2012 9:52:16 PM , Rating: 4
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M$ has a long history of using undocumented APIs just for their own products. Not only are those APIs undocumented, but 3rd parties are also barred from decompiling and learning for themselves. I don't see how that's not anticompetitive.
To decompile and "figure it out" is reverse engineering and illegal without the owners consent, like it or not. Read the EULA sometime.

The line the EU has drawn leans heavily towards a revenue source. Then MS is forced to let the cat out of the bag and now your MS device has new huge security holes. Then everyone complains how insecure it is. At what point does MS no longer have the right to protect its creations?

When is Apple going to get hit? They do have very deep pockets...

You want to do whatever, go Linux.


RE: This is ridiculous
By sprockkets on 7/19/2012 11:50:32 PM , Rating: 2
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To decompile and "figure it out" is reverse engineering and illegal without the owners consent, like it or not. Read the EULA sometime.


No it is not. At the end of every EULA is a disclaimer which reminds people that regardless of what the EULA states, it cannot supersede the law of your state or country.


RE: This is ridiculous
By Laitainion on 7/20/2012 4:13:05 AM , Rating: 2
And in what countries do you possess the legel right to decompile and reverse engineer another company's products?

If there is no law or judicial ruling stating otherwise then the EULA isn't superceding the law but is acting in a supplementary manner and thus totally binding.


RE: This is ridiculous
By vXv on 7/20/2012 6:08:01 AM , Rating: 2
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And in what countries do you possess the legel right to decompile and reverse engineer another company's products?


In all member states of the European union, as long as the decompiling / reverse engineering is done for interoperability reasons.

As for other countries read: http://lwn.net/Articles/134642/


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