Reuters reports that the European Union antitrust regulators are right now making sure Windows RT ships with the Chrome Browser, Firefox, Opera and more.
the investigation will focus on charges that Microsoft allows only its own Internet Explorer browser to be installed on devices running Windows 8 on Windows RT tablets with British chipmaker ARM’s chips.
The way I see it, the ARM Powered Windows RT Laptops and Tablets to be released starting October 26th should be able to run a full Chrome bowser, run most x86 applications through Remote Desktop software like Teradici PCoIP, full Microsoft Office and then of course all Metro apps which basically is the new touch-compatible applications platform for Microsoft’s Windows 8 RT Tablet/Laptop hybrid system.
In theory as HTML5 improves to support full HD and 4K video editing through the cloud, as web based photo editing apps are available, using the grid to render media files is going to be much more desirable than rendering anything on the local hardware anyway. Making thus Windows RT suitable for advanced users just as well as beginners who them really don’t care about x86 backwards compatibility.
- EU investigating Windows RT for allegedly blocking browser choice (theverge.com)
- Will EU regulators dump cold water on the Windows 8 launch party? (zdnet.com)
- EU regulators investigating Windows 8 browser lock-out (arstechnica.com)
- Windows RT browser restriction sparks Senate Committee probe – ZDNet (blog) (zdnet.com)
- EU looking into Windows 8 browser lockout (electronista.com)
- Microsoft Does Not Obey the Law (techrights.org)
- Mozilla, Google cry foul over Windows tablets (lenovo.com)