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Microsoft Accused by Mozilla

11:02 am on May 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Google, Mozilla Accuse Microsoft of Restricting Browser Choice in Windows 8 [searchenginewatch.com]

Mozilla has accused Microsoft of failing in its commitment to give Windows users a choice in browsers, a charge that previously saw Microsoft become the subject of a U.S. antitrust case.

The accusations relate to Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system and in particular, the version that will be built into ARM-based mobile devices, known as Windows RT.

Windows RT, along with other Windows 8 versions, will effectively have two distinct environments; one for Metro-style applications and a "classic" desktop, which is needed to support legacy applications on x86 systems.

However, Mozilla claims that Internet Explorer (IE) will be the only browser able to run in the classic environment under Windows RT, at the expense of rival browsers like Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

[edited by: bill at 1:13 am (utc) on May 14, 2012]
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