EU to Probe Microsoft Vigorously for Windows 8 Browser API Abuse
July 19, 2012 5:23 PM
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Move draws criticism from some analysts
those allegations by browser makers
Google Inc. (
) and the Mozilla Foundation, alleging that Microsoft Corp. (
) 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. (
) blogger John Gruber blasted the probe in a post on his blog
. 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.
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RE: This is ridiculous
7/20/2012 2:10:59 AM
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.
"This is about the Internet. Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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