Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Mar 2012 22:21 UTC
Windows And thus, Microsoft bites itself in its behind with Metro. As you all surely know by now, the Metro environment in Windows 8, and its accompanying applications, need to follow a relatively strict set of rules and regulations, much like, say, applications on iOS. For one type of application, Metro has already proven to be too restrictive and limited: web browsers. Microsoft has had to define a separate application class [.docx] - aside from Metro and desktop applications - just to make third party web browsers possible for Windows 8.
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Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Sun 11th Mar 2012 23:09 UTC
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

such a browser will not work in Metro unless it is set as the default browser. This is an artificial limitation set by Microsoft. For what it's worth, Internet Explorer 10 also suffers from this limitation


I was wondering where my IE 10 disappeared to.

It could be worse. They could just ban other browsers from the web store, like Apple with iOS.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by Stephen! on Sun 11th Mar 2012 23:29 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
Stephen! Member since:
2007-11-24

It could be worse. They could just ban other browsers from the web store, like Apple with iOS.


The EU would probably love that. Another excuse to fine Microsoft over having a browser monopoly.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by zima on Sun 11th Mar 2012 23:56 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

There is nothing strictly wrong with monopolies (they are indeed natural and sensible in some areas).

Abuses of monopolies (or ~cartels) are a separate thing - and what's the basis of such EU fines (mostly hitting European companies BTW).

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by viton on Sun 11th Mar 2012 23:31 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

They could just ban other browsers from the web store, like Apple with iOS.

Opera?

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by zima on Sun 11th Mar 2012 23:48 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Opera Mini is... not strictly a browser in the full sense of the word, it doesn't render HTML and such - it essentially remotely displays the output of a browser engine running on the servers of Opera.

Opera Mobile, a full browser, is not available on iOS. And other "browsers" in appstore just wrap the iOS-native Webkit engine.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Mon 12th Mar 2012 05:11 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Well, Opera is a special case. Apple bans anything that can load external software and execute it, which includes a browser executing Javascript. However, with the Opera browser for iOS, Javascript isn't executed; Opera's server just presents a barely interactive page and updates it remotely. This way, no javascript is actually executed on the device. How well this works for more complex stuff, I have no idea.

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