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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I agree with Thom's sentiment that in terms of an anti competitive investigation, this is focusing on browsers (in Win8/WinRT) other than IE10 potentially not having access to 'special APIs' allowing greater, or smoother or more integrated operation than their platform-native competitor...

why do browsers get this special attention..??
I mean really!!? why, if the EU Commission (or the US DOJ or Federal trade commision etc) are SO INTERESTED in allowing WE THE PEOPLE our fair choice of internet browsers on our devices ...with NATIVE APP(OS manufacturers-own-apps just to be explicit) API access equitability

why doesn't this equate to any and all apps? full stop. If we wish to turn off absolutely any vendor supplied 'protections':
antivirus protections, boot protections, software run or software install protections, that ought be OUR CHOICE.......completely.

And same or similarly goes for software API access really (i think).
Certainly if there is any OS-vendor application or exposed feature shown to the user (i understand that some 'behind-the-scenes' functions or processes might have a need to utilise APIs that could or should remain private ..or rather not need to be publicised or documented at least.

EDITED (1 of)spelling error.

Edited 2012-07-19 13:27 UTC

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