drhowarddrfine - 1:10 pm on Mar 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
The difference is being able to buy computer hardware separate from the operating system and the operating system preventing or blocking competitors from being installed. Remember that you are buying computer hardware and not necessarily the operating system that came with it. And since the Microsoft and Windows are a monopoly on the desktop, this smacks of anti-trust which is where the EU is stepping in and, possibly, the US Justice Department.
Seems crazy to complain that you bought a piece of consumer electronics and found it difficult to change out the preinstalled operating system.
With regards to phones, no one phone monopolizes that market and when you buy a phone you are also buying the service and the software to run it. As I said before, with desktop computers you don't always want or need to buy the operating system which is sold by a separate company.