Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th May 2012 18:06 UTC
Windows Both Mozilla and Google have expressed concern over Windows 8. Microsoft's next big operating system release restricts access to certain APIs and technologies browsers need - only making them available to Internet Explorer. Looking at the facts, it would seem Mozilla and Google have a solid case - coincidentally, the responses on the web are proof of the slippery slope we're on regarding ownership over our own machines.
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RE[9]: Comment by shmerl
by MollyC on Sat 12th May 2012 20:28 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by shmerl"
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Let me repeat: If things go as they are right now, there will be two kinds of tablets that will be able to run Firefox/Chrome: Android tablets and Windows 8 x86 tablets (the latter will run both desktop and Metro versions of Firefox/Chrome). There will be two kinds of tablets that will NOT run Firefox/Chrome, and those are WinRT tablets and iPads.

So, if a user wants to run Firefox or Chrome on a tablet device, there is absolutely nothing preventing that user from buying an Android tablet or a Windows 8 x86 tablet over a WinRT tablet and over an iPad. WinRT does not have market power such that the user would feel forced to get a WinRT tablet over both an Android tablet and a Windows 8 x86 tablet. Thus the user is not going to be forced by WinRT's market power into going without Chrome/Firefox on a tablet device.

Specifically, if a user wants to run FireFox/Chrome on a tablet, she can choose an Android tablet. If the user wants to run Chrome/Firefox on a tablet AND needs Windows apps too, then the user can get a Windows 8 x86 tablet. WinRT's market power is too weak (by far) to compel the user to choose it over BOTH Android and WIndows 8 x86, so WinRT's market power is too weak to force a user to do without Firefox/Chrome on tablets. That's why there is no issue here. Now, maybe the EU will make an issue of it out of pure vindictiveness, but that's another matter.

Note that unlike WinRT, iPad's market power just might BE great enough to compel a user to get an iPad over other tablets, and thus compel the user to have to go without Chrome/Firefox on tablets, but since Apple is the golden chid of the tech media world, nobody raises a fuss over that.)

There will be other forms of tablets too, that I left out to simplify the discussion, such as Blackberry tablets and ChromeOS tablets. I don't know if Blackberry tablets run Firefox or Chrome. ChromeOS tablets will run Chrome (by definition), but I assume ChromeOS will not run Firefox, since Firefox isn't a web app.

Edited 2012-05-12 20:39 UTC

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