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Microsoft blocks Chrome and Firefox in Windows 8

Microsoft blocks chrome and firefox on windows 8

You can listen to high pitch cries of Microsoft with this attempt to save Internet Explorer from hitting the dumps. It tends to do so by not improving own product but suppressing others making use of its monopolistic position. This time they are restricting competitor browsers like Firefox and Chrome in ARM version of Windows 8. It is called RT edition of Windows 8. Its in news already that they restricted linux from booting on their hardware.

Mozilla made a claim on their blog that “Windows RT will have two environments, a Windows Classic environment and a Metro environment for apps. However, Windows on ARM prohibits any browser except for Internet Explorer from running in the privileged ‘Windows Classic’ environment.”

Mozilla made another point, “What it 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. Given that IE can run in Windows on ARM, there is no technical reason to conclude other browsers can’t do the same.”

Microsoft blocks chrome and firefox on windows 8

Image from: ZDNet


Looks like Microsoft trying to block them only because it can’t beat them!

3 thoughts on “Microsoft blocks Chrome and Firefox in Windows 8

  1. Ciaran Ainsworth

    I believe they call that “shooting oneself in the foot.”

  2. elfsn

    Really bad news for the ones who dislike IE browser,including me. And this will make us more hate Microsoft.
    What IE gives me are the ubiquitous script errors and slow loading speed while the other browsers I used (chrome ,firefox or chrome,firefox engines in Avant) can open the same page quickly and fluently.That’s the difference and the reason why I dislike IE.

  3. joe

    I don’t understand why anyone would use Microsoft. Am I so skewed or is there a general prevasive ignorance in this area?

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