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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by kurkosdr on Thu 19th Jul 2012 09:36 UTC
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It's simple, the EU doesn't want to tackle the real problem, the one of DRM that prevents sideloading of apps, because DRM is supposed to prevent piracy or something. Aka, the EU knows that if they start investigating Apple's app store policies in iOS and Microsoft's app store in WinRT regarding the sideloading of apps, then they will have to also investigate Sony's policies regarding sideloading on the PS3, as well as the similar policies in the Wii and the Xbox360. After that, they 'll have to investigate the licensing of DVD-Video and Bluray-Movie keys (which require the manufacturer to sign a contract that mandates region lockout, HDCP/CGMS-A, copy restrictions etc). And this is something they don't want.

So, they will focus in the silly browser issue, in order to pretend they are doing something about MS's monopoly, while avoiding to solve the real problem.

There is a huge conflict of interest there. DRM is responsible for many monopolies and unfair business practices, and at the same time some countries (USA, Germany) have laws that PROTECT DRM.

Edited 2012-07-19 09:40 UTC

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