Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Aug 2013 16:10 UTC
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In the past two months, Microsoft and Google have been bickering over one central issue: HTML5. The Verge has learned that Google is forcing Microsoft to build its YouTube Windows Phone app in HTML5, despite its own Android and iOS versions using superior native code. Although Microsoft has offered to build ad support along with making other tweaks as Google has requested, a full HTML5 app isn't currently possible on the platform.

The difficult thing here is that Google actually has a very good case; it's their API, their service, their rules. On top of that, YouTube publishers - big and small - need to earn money from advertisements too, and incorrect implementations make that harder. Microsoft's mafia practices regarding patents, extorting companies to pay for Android use even though Microsoft has contributed zero code to Android plays a role too. Lastly, Windows Phone is essentially irrelevant with 3% market share - it's not as if Microsoft ever concerned itself with minority platforms.

Still, all this does is hurt consumers, no matter how few Windows Phone users there are. Just work this out, please, you bunch of children.

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RE[6]: Thank you Microsoft
by lemur2 on Sat 17th Aug 2013 10:31 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Thank you Microsoft"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

"I would think that the NT bootloader simply doesn't allow for multi-booting of different OSes.


It does. It's not exactly smooth but it does support booting other OS's.
"

OK, but to be completely truthful, I have never found any way to install Windows and still preserve the ability to boot an existing "other OS" already installed on the disk.

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RE[7]: Thank you Microsoft
by Soulbender on Sat 17th Aug 2013 10:40 in reply to "RE[6]: Thank you Microsoft"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Windows doesn't nuke your other partitions, it only overwrites the MBR. You just have to restore GRUB or whatever after the Windows install. Sure, it would be nicer if it didn't but it does in no way nuke other OS's.

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RE[8]: Thank you Microsoft
by lemur2 on Sat 17th Aug 2013 10:47 in reply to "RE[7]: Thank you Microsoft"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

You just have to restore GRUB or whatever after the Windows install.


This is what I have lacked the ability to do, since one cannot now boot the Linux OS that was previously installed. I have absolutely no idea of how to "restore GRUB or whatever" if I am running Windows.

Sure, it would be nicer if it didn't but it does in no way nuke other OS's.


It would be nicer surely to reserve some disk space with a Windows install, install Linux second, clobber NTloader, and have GRUB handle the existing installed Windows in a friendly manner.

Edited 2013-08-17 11:01 UTC

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