Microsoft plans to boot Chrome, Mozilla off of Windows tablets

Microsoft plans to boot Chrome, Mozilla off of Windows tablets
Remember Google’s announcement two months ago that it would be building a Metro-friendly version of Chrome for Windows 8 tablets? Mozilla, creator of the popular Firefox browser, made similar plans, but it turns out that Microsoft doesn’t care much for the idea. While anyone can make a browser that will run on Windows 8 for PCs (that will be the split-personality version that has both a Metro and a more traditional desktop UI), it turns out that Microsoft isn’t making the APIs available that would be needed to make a browser for Windows RT, the version that will run on tablets.

The move creates a bit of cognitive dissonance, since Microsoft was charged with anti-competitive violations by the Department of Justice specifically over their attempt to lock Windows customers into Internet Explorer by giving it away for free on every PC (for those of you who don’t remember, that’s what helped to kill Netscape, whose demise helped spur the advent of Mozilla’s Firefox).

Of course Microsoft controlled more than 90% of the PC market at the time, while Windows 7 has less than 2% of the smartphone market in the U.S., and they’ll have no serious presence in tablets until the launch of Windows RT later this year. Still, if Microsoft finds success as the market shifts away from PCs to mobile devices, they could potentially lock a lot of people into Internet Explorer, a feat they have not been able to accomplish the last few years as their once-commanding market position has been eroded by competing browsers.

Google and Mozilla have both called foul. They won't be the only ones complaining for long - it turns out that Microsoft won't be allowing competing media players on their tablets either. Perhaps one or several of the affected companies will file a grievance with the DoJ, but until such time as Windows 8 tablets start to win significant market share, we doubt we'll see much action from the government. Still, it’s an interesting about-face from Microsoft's PC days – it appears their tablets will live in even more of a walled garden than Apple’s iPad.

source: ZDNet via 9to5Google

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122 Comments

122. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

You know what would make a great show on TBS? I can see it now... "Sh#t My Taco Says"

113. wp74ver

Posts: 62; Member since: May 10, 2012

Like I said for google and for Firefox and consumers if u don't like it go create your own operating system, I'm glad Microsoft is making them suffer lol lets see who got more power .

112. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

F*** you ballmer.

111. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Good! Those two clowns don't support WP anyway. Why bitch?

106. BelleLittlefield

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2012

They won't be the only ones complaining for long - it turns out that Microsoft won't be allowing competing media players on their tablets either. http://lawyerdivorceutah.com/

101. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

Boot the bad guys! Chrome & FF sucks! IE FTW, boot them away!!

100. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Microsoft doesn't realize that by severely limiting consumer options on the Windows devices, in turn severely limits a positive reaction to their product. And by Microsoft giving people a negative perspective on their tablets, that's gonna translate into a negative reaction to their phones also. Alot of people kinda view phones and tablets in the same ball park.

105. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

And you don't realise that you are only using Safari on the fruit product.

99. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Google doesnt make apps for Windows Phone and Microsoft blocks them. Got a battle going on.

98. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This is Applicable only to Windows RT Windows On Arm version only. Not Windows 8 Tablet x86 Not Windows 8 PC/Notebook

96. wp74ver

Posts: 62; Member since: May 10, 2012

Microsoft should block everything Google does I hate copy cats ,ppl can used Bing and ie10 is u don't like it go create your own operating system. Block crome even from windows 7 plus keep them paying what they pay for using your technology and patents on droid s**t .

103. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

true true

95. wp74ver

Posts: 62; Member since: May 10, 2012

That's what happens when u a copy Cat like google and u don't like to pay for technology you didn't created like the ones they used on android so they were you know what we won't support wp7 Microsoft was ok now this is call pay back bitches lol if I were Microsoft I would block every single good thing even on windows 7 I used Bing I would care GOOD DONT CRY IS CALL PAY BACK LOL.

94. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1291; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Wow... Only IE is the choice of browser in W8 tablet??? Yet another good reason to NOT buy Windows8 tablets, imho...

102. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

yeah then don't buy, no one cares about you.

72. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I am sure a hack can take care of this issue.

57. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Well there isn't Chrome or Firefox for iOS, so lets blame MS for doing what Apple did?

54. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hardly care...IE9 is way better than IE 7/8...and comparable in performance ters with chrome/Firefox. I am planning to buy a Windows8 tablet...most probably x86 based...incase ARM based tablets offer significant discounts...then I wont mind living without chrome/Firefox.

71. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Lol, no it isn't. Firefox eats IE for breakfast and Chrome blows both out of the water. IE9 might be able to beat Safari, though.

74. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

lol you are lying through your teeth.

79. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...not sure about your experience...I have installed all three on my pc and I hardly notice any diff the way all three browsers render any site...what are specs of ur pc? my pc has i7-720QM processor...on side note...i get pathetic performance from IE8 on work pc!

121. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

@ Jove That comment is so wrong I don't know where to begin.

42. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I hate Apple. But you have 2 admit, when it comes to brainwashing the weakminded... Apple blows the competition out of the water.

85. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

AND TRUE TACO AND GALLI AND HIS CONVOYS COMRADES ARE DOOMED. APPLE HAS TURNED THEM INNOCENT DUMB PEOPLE INTO ZOOMBIES.

35. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

Good job Microsoft! Boot the bad gu

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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?

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

19. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

23. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

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