EU to investigate Windows RT for lack of browser options

Someone should probably let the EU know that Internet Explorer is no longer the force it used to be many, many years ago. Beyond investigating Microsoft's lack of browser ballot after an update was rolled out, the EU will also be looking into browser options for Windows RT tablets. 

The investigation will revolve around if Microsoft is or is not offering access to APIs required by browsers to operate and will also "focus on charges that Microsoft allows only its own Internet Explorer browser to be installed on devices running Windows 8 on Windows RT tablets with British chipmaker ARM's chips." according to Reuters

The investigation was raised after unnamed parties contacted the EU with their concern over how Microsoft is proceeding with Windows 8. Unfortunately for Microsoft, this will be another distraction for them which could result in massive fines if they are found to be blocking competitors from the market.

If Microsoft is forced to offer alternative browsers, specifically on the Surface RT, it would only seem fair that the EU go after Apple as well for limiting the functionality of other browsers on iOS. Yes, you can download other browsers on iOS, but try to make it your default application.

Microsoft is not in the same position it was several years ago when IE ruled the landscape and Windows was the only operating system in town receiving attention. With the growing popularity with Chrome and Firefox and Apple selling iOS and OS X devices by the boatload, Microsoft is having to find new ways to compete. 

Source: Reuters

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WTF

I mean, IOS and Android is all the same! And there is at the time for writing no other (released) browsers for the Windows RT platform! I mean how long has the SDK's been available?

EU, what a joke.. and I am from Europe!

theyarecomingforyou said,

That's already been dis-proven.

No, it hasn't. It's the same exact situation on iOS. I have no idea about Android.

theyarecomingforyou said,

No, it's not. http://blog.templatemonster.co...ers-10-alternatives-safari/

Seriously, you can't just make things up because it suits your argument! This entire topic is rife with ignorance.

Well, the point here is that how can you fine someone when their OS are yet to be released and no competition has released any other browser options yet?

And as for IOS: Comes with Safari
Android: Comes with Android Internet Browser (4.1 with Chrome)

I have never been prompted to choose browser on initial setup on either device, though I will agree Android makes it easy to set a new default one.

Fact is I am not criticizing either platform on this, I am criticizing the E.U for being an organ destined to fail and fall because of their general multiple attempts at political and legal "suicide".

If you want to fight over your favourite platforms I am sure there are many other comment threads you can get busy on folks

Tommy A Hansen said,
And as for IOS: Comes with Safari
Android: Comes with Android Internet Browser (4.1 with Chrome)

I have never been prompted to choose browser on initial setup on either device, though I will agree Android makes it easy to set a new default one.

I think the restriction was part of the punishment for Microsoft breaking EU competition law, rather than something that all companies were expected to do. It was because Microsoft had abused their position in the browser market for years and many people didn't realise they actually had a choice.

I'm wondering if in the EU decision like the US decision, it specifically mentioned x86 processors, because if so, this investigation is moot. Heck, the EU could technically go after Windows Phone and not being able to change the default browser there since it runs "Windows".

'...of other browers on iOS. Yes, you can download other browsers on iOS, but try to make it your default application.'
Other browsers? They're all the same in that they use the safari iOS base...
Plus, msn messenger anyone? Every link you click opens in IE unless you hack it.

"is not offering access to APIs required by browsers to operate"
Umm, EU, my browser needs more than DirectX/Net; Can you also get Microsoft to offer access to their PasswordVault's source code? I, uh, need to see how that is done so I can uh, implement a proper alternative. Oooo, while we're at it, can you also give me full access to the source to Metro? Thanks!

"focus on charges that Microsoft allows only its own Internet Explorer browser to be installed on devices running Windows 8 on Windows RT tablets with British chipmaker ARM's chips."

Did Microsoft say they'll be actively removing/rejecting all Metro browsers from the store?

Wait, how is this fair? Windows RT is equivalent to iOS or Android isn't it? I don't recall a browser option there at first launch...? Even with a full OS, are Chrome books or Apple Laptops required to do this? Windows explorer isn't exactly king of the internet any more, especially for the tech savvy groups.

I love it how Apple gets away with this for sooo long and MS has its 1st real ARM tablet and this happens lol

EU has clearly has no scene of direction that isnt fining MS

Honestly, if eu decides to pursure microsoft on this, then they should have a legal and moral obligation to go after apple and google as well.

All you EU haters need to stop foaming at the mouth for 5 minutes and actually read the article. It says quite clearly that a complaint was made and they are investigating that complaint. They have NO CHOICE but investigate, it's the law.

EU rule that it's anti-competitive, Microsoft is forced to delay 8, has to rewrite significant portion of code.

Oh how delicious.

BGM said,
didn't read all comments, but does this mean they will also investigate the iPad?

they should be sued into oblivion for not allowing IE to un on iPad's lol

Niekess said,
Hey EU. Would you go look at Google and Apple too? No? Then how is this justice?

Go file a compaint and they'll investigate them, which is what they are doing now with MS: investigating a complaint filed by a third party.

I've never understood all this at all..

If Microsoft wants to ban and disable other browsers (for example)
then let 'em who cares. It's their OS. They can make it run how ever they want.
And if you don't like it you can always buy something else.
Stupid law(s)

These OS's aren't even out yet. Investigating anything is a waste of time. They should just remind Microsoft of its legal obligations and leave it at that. Until the OS is out for consumer use, nothing has been done wrong yet.

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