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    Exclamation Mozilla says Microsoft won't allow rival browsers on ARM Windows desktop

    "Mozilla issued a statement Wednesday expressing concern about some of the technical restrictions that Microsoft is imposing on its ARM port of Windows 8. Microsoft’s policies will effectively prevent Mozilla and others from bringing their Web browsers to the Windows 8 desktop on ARM systems."

    Read more: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2...ndows-desktop/

    What are your thoughts about this?
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    Re: Mozilla says Microsoft won't allow rival browsers on ARM Windows desktop

    Good. I hope this sort of thing continues so everyone switches to linux/android.
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    Re: Mozilla says Microsoft won't allow rival browsers on ARM Windows desktop

    One thing to note is that Firefox will work just fine in Metro mode; it just won't work in the legacy desktop mode. That's still bunk because some important browser functions won't work well or at all in Metro.

    But I have a couple of thoughts. First, people using a tablet or phone aren't going to want to use desktop mode, anyway. Firefox will work just fine in desktop mode in the PC versions of Windows 8. Secondly, how relevant will the tablet version of Windows 8 be in an already congested market?

    Nevertheless, I smell another anti-trust suit coming on that will look a lot like the last one having to do with Microsoft bundling IE with Windows.
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    Re: Mozilla says Microsoft won't allow rival browsers on ARM Windows desktop

    Are these the same ARM devices which are UEFI-locked to prevent Linux from being installed?
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    Re: Mozilla says Microsoft won't allow rival browsers on ARM Windows desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgs View Post
    Are these the same ARM devices which could be UEFI-locked to prevent Linux from being installed?
    Yes.

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    Re: Mozilla says Microsoft won't allow rival browsers on ARM Windows desktop

    Where's the source for this? The MSDN article that the blog linked to doesn't mention anything about IE being the only allowable browser. If Microsoft is being "anti-competitive" here, then why not got after Google for only allowing Chrome on Chrome OS?

    Plus, Microsoft currently has a 0% market share on ARM desktops. But hey, don't let that get in your way of your daily Microsoft bashing.

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    Re: Mozilla says Microsoft won't allow rival browsers on ARM Windows desktop

    After being publicly spanked in more than two dozen courts around the world for antitrust practices, one would think they might have learned something.

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    Re: Mozilla says Microsoft won't allow rival browsers on ARM Windows desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by angryfirelord View Post
    Plus, Microsoft currently has a 0% market share on ARM desktops. But hey, don't let that get in your way of your daily Microsoft bashing.
    Dont worry, were to vigilant on our ranting to let something like that stand in our way.

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    After being publicly spanked in more than two dozen courts around the world for antitrust practices, one would think they might have learned something.
    Yea for real, one would think anyway.
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    Re: Mozilla says Microsoft won't allow rival browsers on ARM Windows desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by Bandit View Post
    Dont worry, were to vigilant on our ranting to let something like that stand in our way.


    Yea for real, one would think anyway.
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    Re: Mozilla says Microsoft won't allow rival browsers on ARM Windows desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by rg4w View Post
    After being publicly spanked in more than two dozen courts around the world for antitrust practices, one would think they might have learned something.
    That was my first thought. Though, since a Metro Firefox version is in the works this isn't quite 100% the same.

    Plus, I think Microsoft will find Mozilla is not the same company fought o-so-long-ago, plus there is the deep-pocket Google backing them up as well.

    Maybe this will help keep people from moving into Windows... unfortunately since this is focused on the tablets it means more people choosing the iPad.
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