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[4]: Comment by Drumhellar
by zima on Wed 25th Jul 2012 23:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar"
zima
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The antitrust case in the early 2000s was specifically about x86-class computers. [...] My guess is that the EU is primarily interested in the x86 market, but is casting a wary eye at the ARM market to understand the competitive dynamics; either way, the EU really can't do much about ARM, given Microsoft's lack of monopoly power. Microsoft can pretty much do anything it wants there.

This might come as a shock to you, but the EU is not US ...and in the EU cases against MS, it wasn't really, as in the US, explicitly about ~Intel machines.

OTOH, the EU cases (and rulings, and big fines) were about so broad things as access to protocols, specifications to be used by 3rd party software vendors. The issue with browsers would probably fit those.

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