DailyTech reports Microsoft is under EU scrutiny once again because browser makers claim the software giant is effectively banning third-party browsers from the Windows 8 RT operating system.
Surprisingly, typically pro-Apple, Inc. (AAPL) blogger John Gruber blasted the probe in a post on his blog Daring Fireball. The unlikely ally points out that Apple has a near identical model of differentiation and has received little EU scrutiny, writing:
So Apple can do it with iOS but Microsoft can’t with Windows RT, despite the fact that the iPad and iPhone are selling tens of millions of units per quarter and there is yet to ship a single Windows RT device?
With that said, even unlikely allies may be unable to save Microsoft as the EU salivates at the prospect of collect more billion-dollar fines from the beleagured operating system giant.