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Microsoft plans to boot Chrome, Mozilla off of Windows tablets

0. phoneArena 10 May 2012, 15:06 posted on

It turns out that Microsoft has no intention of allowing competing browsers onto Windows RT ARM-based tablets...

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posted on 10 May 2012, 15:34 3

11. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thanks for throwing that up. The RT version is the "lite" version of W8. The higher end intel x86 tablets will be full W8, and thus not applicable.

Also, I just dont think that it will stand for very long. If enough W7/W8 users cry foul to make them think they will lose business, they will change positions on the issue.

Also, there is next to no way for them to lock out Google Music since it has a browser based client for non-android phones. My music library is safe. :)

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:49 2

21. Nick040489 (Posts: 21; Member since: 01 Apr 2010)


If you don't much like Phonearena's journalistic standards then why exactly are you reading this story? If you aren't confident with a news site giving you accurate news then why come to it. I honestly get my news from a lot of sites. Some of them say the same thing some don't.

Also I'm not sure how you figure Windows RT is not Windows 8. It's a version of Windows 8. That means it's Windows 8! Today's tablets are different from tablet pcs. You know because of the hardware. Windows 8 pcs whether they are like tablets or not are not tablets. Tablets today include ARM processors and they are a lot cheaper than tablet pcs. So your so called "facts" about the subject aren't very reliable.

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:52 1

25. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


windows RT is basically the upgrade to WP7 as it stands. Its not full windows8, which is why it gets the little "RT" at the end. Its for ARM based devices only.

Windows8 tablets get the full W8 treatment like the desktops do. There is actually a pretty substantial difference between W8 and W8-RT. For comparison purposes its like wondering why iOS and MacOS are not exactly the same.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:00 1

30. Nick040489 (Posts: 21; Member since: 01 Apr 2010)


I understand that. Both 8 and RT have the same code. Yea it's modified for what it needs to work on but that's my point. He said that Windows 8 and Windows RT aren't the same thing. They are with differences in configuration.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:06

33. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The look of both versions will be the same, and yea it may be based on the same code, but there is a lot of different code in each one. Both a 4x4 truck on super swampers and a ferrari are automobiles and share similar parts like engines and tires, but their uses are quite different. RT is a split off the same branch as W8 on the MS tree, but it is still a split.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:01 3

32. bigdawg23 (Posts: 455; Member since: 25 May 2011)


You might want to do some research yourself. I can put Skyfire on my iPad 1, iPad and Former iPHone. Google doesn't block apps on my HTC Vivid with ICS. I can use many browsers.

As for IE, until IE 9, their browsers BLOW. They are slow and a security vulnerability. Chrome launches instantly and no sluggishness.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:10 1

37. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Hi Stevey - thanks for taking an interest in the article. I'm well aware of the distinction between the ARM and x86 versions (having in fact written some of the articles breaking the distinction some months ago), but Google and Mozilla both planned to make web browsers for Windows RT as well and just realized that Microsoft won't allow any outside developers to make a browser or a media player for Windows RT (it's not just us, take a look around the web, it's a big stink).

Also, I'm afraid you are flat-out wrong about the iPad. While it's obviously true that OSX apps don't run on the iPad, and Apple is fairly restrictive of how much novel code you can put into an alternative browser, you are allowed to do it, and many people find they prefer those alternative web browsers, such as Skyfire, Opera Mini, and Dolphin.

So exactly as indicated in the article, Windows RT will be more restrictive on what developers can make for the mobile OS than iOS is.

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:31 4

8. theBankRobber (Posts: 681; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Its only a matter of time, Microsoft can't touch the bright minds of XDA. The more control they try to have, the more hackers will push to break through. After getting hit hard from the Motorola patent infringement suit recently, I guess this will be there way of getting back and Google. Lol

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:12 1

38. LordOfTroll (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 May 2012)


Moto will get it from the antitrust on that soon, quit saying something totally unrelated to this.

posted on 10 May 2012, 17:06 1

55. theBankRobber (Posts: 681; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Anti trust??? Haha LMFAO, we saw how the whole WIFI thing worked out. Im sure Motorola has their reasons for doing what they did as Microsoft had their reasons for suing android OEM's .

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:38 1

15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


This is interesting. Looks like Windows wants to lock down their tablets beyond anything Apple does. I wonder what android fans responses will be?

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:42 8

18. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


that your a troll. Why do you care what "android fans" think about a Microsoft product? shouldnt you be asking Windows Phone users what they think??

Seriously, WTF is wrong with you.

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:47 4

19. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


I know, I was thinking this myself. Why do we care what MS does with their products? I think taco has smoked some bad crack or something. Taco needs some serious psychiatric help.

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:50 6

23. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Stop feeding the troll, just let him ramble on to himself

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:54 5

26. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i..just.. cant.. help .. it.. anymore. its like playing wak-a-troll. Been doing it so long its more reflex than anything.

posted on 10 May 2012, 17:45 1

67. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Oh my gosh. So true.

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:58 3

29. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


That's why I call him iTroll. You give him facts and he still doesn't understand. I don't know why he keeps trying. It must be the Apple OCD he's on today.

posted on 10 May 2012, 17:45 1

66. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Hahaha, yeah.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:55

47. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


he cares because he has an opinion and since the ball is in some else court.. see if you guys responded the same.?...

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:50 3

22. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You got our response. Not buying a Windows tablet if they lock it down.

f**king DUH.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:56

49. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


so you will buy the crap tablets that Androids makes..hmmmm

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:58 3

50. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's your (uneducated) opinion that they're crap.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:59

51. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


No they are crap. That's why no one buys them. Without heavy subsidies android is dead

posted on 10 May 2012, 17:03 6

53. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


that's why it's rising in market share isn't it?

PS, let's see iPhones sell at $600-800 a piece, without subsidies, apple is dead.

posted on 10 May 2012, 17:16 1

58. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


"Without heavy subsidies android is dead" pffffff HAHAHAHA

posted on 10 May 2012, 17:24

60. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Check put android tablet sales for a reference on how android does without subsidies

posted on 10 May 2012, 17:28 2

61. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i didnt know android only sold tablets. And until this last quarter, Android was set to over take iOS as the main tablet OS. When ICS replaces honeycomb as the defacto tablet OS on a wide scale, it will start to slide back into android's favor.

posted on 10 May 2012, 17:31

62. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


That's what you said about honeycomb.

posted on 10 May 2012, 19:08 1

84. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


It sells cause its an Apple product. Anything apple makes will sell. Cause its a fashion can't u see and understand. Its a prestige thing. Looooook im cool im typical. ...

posted on 10 May 2012, 21:03 2

90. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea and honeycomb took a lot of market share. compared to ics its sub par. i b!tch bout HC flaws all the time, because unlike you im honest. ics is flawless.. its a different ball game

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