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[3]: How to restore competition
by zima on Wed 25th Jul 2012 22:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: How to restore competition"
zima
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I think what Microsoft's terrible performance in the smart phone market in spite of being a gigantic software company does is to validate 2 statements:
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2) If it wasn't for their anti-competitive Microsoft tax on every CPU shipped by hardware OEMs, discounts to OEMs who didn't install other OSes, and ensuring during the 90's that no OEM bootloader was pre-installed for other OSes, Microsoft wouldn't have gotten their PC monopoly.
I'm satisfied by their own performance in the phone market that the only way they could have succeeded was by their at least unsavory business practices. This whole thing with UEFI for Arm based tablets is just their 90's strategy of excluding other operating systems forcibly rehashed again.

That is still myth-forming, no matter how hard you want to believe it now. Sure, MS often also played dirty (who didn't or wouldn't try, given the opportunity?) - but when Windows took over, it was simply by far the most viable option, others were a mess: http://www.osnews.com/thread?522221

And FFS, there is nothing in the whole UEFI thing that would stop OEMs from shipping the exact same hardware with some other OS.

when it comes to the smart phone market, it's Microsoft that can't seem to be get any market share. Does anyone seriously believe that Microsoft doesn't have the same depth and breadth of hardware and software support that the Android ecosystem has? Seriously?
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1) (Almost) Nobody wants to do business with Microsoft in the phone market, both maker and consumer. A good question is to ask why this is so.

Yes, seriously. Your confusion here comes from missing the most important party - mobile carriers.

Truth is, carriers very much dislike how Apple managed to strongarm large part of control from them (and BTW, Apple forces a device locked to one OS, too... as do, really, Android vendors). They don't want to repeat that mistake with MS, Android is about them, the carriers being in control (not the OS maker, manufacturer, or consumer) ...just like in the good old days of mobile phones.

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