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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 NellyFromMA on 7/20/2012 10:36:57 AM , Rating: 2
This is such a goddamn joke. Why is Apple not held to the same standard? It isn't Microsoft's duty support help their competitors any more than it is their competitors job to help Microsoft. Hasn't it been long enough where we can say Microsoft doesn't have the supposed 'monopoly' it once had? Wth, I hate this and it's terrible for consumers because they are butchering the overall BEST OS SOFTWWARE COMPANY (yep, I said it, and its pretty clear too if you look at software adoption) just so Euro companies have an easier time. All in the name of 'fairness'; fairness meaning people with less talent have a level playing field when in fact, they already do. The browser wars are so counter productive to web innovation and standardization. -_-


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