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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 Da W on 7/19/2012 10:07:12 PM , Rating: 2
EU will lose this one.

The relevant market won't be PCs since Windows RT is squarely targetting the iPAD. The market is more "tablet or small form factor devices using an ARM architecture SOC." Microsoft has zero market share to this point, Apple has 65%, if Microsoft can't do it then Apple won't be able either.


RE: This is ridiculous
By themaster08 on 7/20/2012 2:10:59 AM , Rating: 2
Good point. Furthermore, Internet Explorer's market share has declined over the years. Chrome has taken over I.E. The free market have already spoken. How are Microsoft supposed to compete? Are the EU really that out of touch?

Of course Microsoft are going to bundle their own browser with their own operating system. In the same way they bundle their own media player, their own file browser, their own notepad, their own photo viewer, their own snipping tool... Where does it end? Don't like it? Download another browser? Still feel passionate about it? Buy a friggin' Mac! This is damaging Microsoft and damaging the industry.


RE: This is ridiculous
By Helbore on 7/20/2012 6:00:19 AM , Rating: 2
Never underestimate the stupidity, pig-headedness or general greed of the European Commission.


RE: This is ridiculous
By xdrol on 7/20/2012 6:04:24 AM , Rating: 2
Loose what?

This is a probe - an investigation, not a trial (at least, not yet). How exactly can you "loose" an investigation?


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