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Mozilla blasts IE only Windows 8

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Anticompetitive behaviour

Mozilla has highlighted its concern over the introduction of Microsoft Windows 8 tablets which could possibly restrict the use of all browsers other than Internet Explorer. Google has also blasted the expected decision, suggesting that Microsoft will be guilty of anticompetitive behaviour if this goes ahead.

The Windows 8 operating system used on mobile devices (Windows RT) will come with two distinct environments. While both Google and Mozilla will run in the Metro mode for apps, it has been suggested that they will not be visible on the Windows Classic desktop.

In regards to the Windows 8 browser restrictions, Harvey Anderson, general counsel at Mozilla, said: “In practice, this means that only Internet Explorer will be able to perform many of the advanced computing functions vital to modern browsers in terms of speed, stability, and security to which users have grown accustomed.”

Google speaks up

Along with Mozilla, Google has also expressed its concerns over the visibility of Chrome in Windows 8 tablets. A Google representative spoke to CNET News on the matter: “We’ve always welcomed innovation in the browser space across all platforms and strongly believe that having great competitors makes us all work harder.”

While Microsoft has yet to comment on whether it will be limiting the accessibility of third party browsers for its tablets, the desktop version of Windows 8 will contain fully-featured Google Chrome and Mozilla. Both companies have also already created versions of their browsers for the Metro environment within Windows 8.

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword, said: “If Microsoft does limit the browser choice within Windows RT, this will not only have an effect on other third party browsers, but will also be detrimental to the user as their choice will be diminished and their preferences will not be taken into consideration.”

Written by lauren_knowles_swapLauren Knowles

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