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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 BZDTemp on 7/21/2012 2:45:18 PM , Rating: 2
Who says this place is socialist?

And if you think people here can't afford vacations then you're ill informed. Also it is not like people go elsewhere to get medical treatment, nor is it so that if someone looses their job they are in fear of loosing medical coverage for their family.

Sure there are EU countries in trouble but they are getting help. It is not like we don't face the same issues as everyone else outside of China or have it perhaps escaped you how California is close to bankrupt or that Detroit aren't doing too well.

Enjoy your freedom but if you think of us as Lemmings you're mistaken (you're actually twice mistaken because Lemmings aren't like that old Disney movie made them out to be).

RE: This is ridiculous
By Manch on 7/22/2012 9:50:17 AM , Rating: 2
Well, you inferred it with your "regards to that socialist crap" reply.

I didnt say they couldnt afford to go on vacation, I said they go to other countries so they can afford it. Big difference.

An yes people do leave to get treatment Its quite common here,since its cheaper, but especially since its no waiting.

You think 3000 a month for a McJob is OK?

Cali and Detroit are in the same boat because of all of the entitlement/socialist/union crap they pile on the citizens. Thats why the jobs have left those places. You were expecting me to defend them? They are going to bury themselves and pull the areas around them down too. It will be no different with the countries the EU is bailing out. Eventually it will pull everything down around it.

Way to split hairs and not answer any questions though.

BTW you're mistaken. I wasnt calling you a rodent. Im not cruel to animals.

Lemming: a member of any large group following an unthinking course towards mass destruction

Some words have more than one definition.

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard

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