Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Jul 2012 21:12 UTC
Windows The moment Microsoft announced it would lock other browsers out of being installed on Windows RT, we all knew regulatory bodies the world over were wringing their hands. Today, this has been confirmed: in the wake of an investigation into Microsoft not complying with the existing antitrust rulings regarding browser choice, the EU has also announced it's investigating Windows 8 x86 and Windows 8 RT (ARM).
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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by Delgarde on Wed 18th Jul 2012 22:34 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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I've wondered why Apple is getting a free pass on their browser and email lockdown on the iPad, which dominates the market, while Microsoft is already receiving scrutiny for a product that isn't out yet.

Because the iPad has never been anything other than a locked-down, integrated product, hardware and software sold as one - there's simply no expectation that users should be able to do stuff Apple don't allow.

Whereas Windows has a long history of being a general purpose OS that can be installed on most hardware, and customised to the user's tastes. Microsoft, therefore, are seen as being anti-competitive by taking away rights that the user previously had.

Which isn't to say that Apple *shouldn't* be investigated, but it does explain why the two cases are treated differently.

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