Browser creators slams refusal to share software API’s

Mozilla: Windows 8 RT is a return to the ‘digital dark ages’

Harvey Anderson, a member of Mozilla’s general counsel, has slammed Microsoft for its refusal to share API’s that are critical to making browsers work on Windows 8 RT.

In a blog post, Anderson pointed out that it essentially gives Internet Explorer an inbuilt advantage over rival browsers from the likes of Google and Mozilla. As a result, there will be no version of Firefox that is compatible with the Microsoft Surface RT.

“Unfortunately, the upcoming release of Windows for the ARM 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,” wrote Anderson.

“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.”

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