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 4:54:30 AM
gotcha, but still, this is RT we're talking about, not Windows Vista/7/8. RT has 0 market share and theyre coming after them? Does apple and google share all api's for their mobile offerings? This just seems like a money grab to me.
RE: This is ridiculous
7/20/2012 7:29:44 AM
It could be a money grab, but it's not without reason.
In a way, it's better the investigation started when it did, as it avoids MS having to pay anything retroactively. Or, they may choose to level the playing field and walk out unscathed.
"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
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