I’m Sure Someone Can Explain This to Me

Mozilla general counsel Harvey Anderson last May, regarding the restrictions of Windows RT that prevent a native Firefox app:

Unfortunately, the upcoming release of Windows for the ARM processor architecture and Microsoft’s browser practices regarding Windows 8 Metro signal an unwelcome return to the digital dark ages where users and developers didn’t have browser choices.

Why does this matter to users? Quite simply because Windows on ARM — as currently designed — restricts user choice, reduces competition and chills innovation. By allowing only IE to perform the advanced functions of a modern Web browser, third-party browsers are effectively excluded from the platform. This matters for users of today’s tablets and tomorrow’s PCs. […]

The prospect that the next generation of Windows on ARM devices would limit users to one browser is untenable and represents a first step toward a new platform lock-in.

But Mozilla’s own Firefox OS offers no browser choice. This is something other than rank hypocrisy how?

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

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