Both Google and Mozilla have criticised Microsoft for not supporting their browsers in Windows 8’s ARM based version, called Windows RT. Windows 8 is the next generation OS from Microsoft. The OS will run both on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and hybrids.
Windows 8 will come with two interfaces in one platform. The first is the ‘Metro UI’, which is better known as live tiles, which is seen running on devices such as the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan. The second is a more conventional interface similar to that of Windows 7. This is known as the ‘classic’ mode.
The classic mode is needed to support legacy applications. However, on Windows RT, only Microsoft’s Internet Explorer will be the only browser supported. This is what has peeved Mozilla, since their Firefox browser will not be supported.
In a blog post, Harvey Anderson, Mozilla’s General Counsel, said, “Windows on ARM – as currently designed – restricts user choice, reduces competition and chills innovation.”
He adds, “By allowing only IE to perform the advanced functions of a modern Web browser, third-party browsers are effectively excluded from the platform.
“We encourage Microsoft to remain firm on its user choice principles and reject the temptation to pursue a closed path.”
Mozilla is not the only company that is annoyed with the issue. V3 reports that Chrome, Google’s browser will not be supported either. A Google spokesperson said, “We share the concerns Mozilla has raised regarding the Windows 8 environment restricting user choice and innovation.
“We’ve always welcomed innovation in the browser space across all platforms and strongly believe that having great competitors makes us all work harder.”
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