Yesterday we reported about how the European Union was gearing up to go after Microsoft for not implementing the “browser choice screen” in Windows 7. While Microsoft had complied to the policy with Windows XP and VISTA, they never did for Windows 7. While it remains to be seen what will happen there, the EU has decided not to focus on Windows RT.

Earlier this year, Mozilla complained that RT was too closed and prevented browsers from taking full advantage of the new platform. Surprisingly, the EU decided it isn’t an issue. Here is what the EU’s head anti-trust official, Joaquin Almunia said about the issue:

We have looked at Windows RT, and on the basis of our investigation so far, there are no grounds to pursue further investigation on this particular issue. But we will closely monitor all the elements of the Windows software and how Microsoft complies to [its] commitments.

While this decision isn’t going to please Microsoft’s rivals in the browser world, I personally think it is a good move. Sure, RT might be a little more restrictive towards alternative browsers than traditional Windows – but it really isn’t any more restrictive than many other mobile platforms out.

Microsoft isn’t the restrictive empire that it is sometimes painted out to be, and honestly the EU probably has bigger fish to fry these days. For some reason though, they still feel the need to send out the attack dogs when it comes to Windows 7, though.

What do you think, should Microsoft be forced to open Windows RT up more to give these other browsers the same abilities and opportunities on the desktop mode of RT or is it largely a non-issue?

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  • John Hough

    No way, this is so stupid. It’s MS’s product, they should be allowed to put their browser on their OWN tablet and leave off the others. If any of the others want on it, they can build their own and have people install it. I don’t understand this because they don’t SELL browsers… they’re free. Who cares what it comes with? Use what you want, if it’s not available buy another product. Besides, it doesn’t run regular Windows programs and there’s no FF, Chrome, or Opera app in the store yet. Not MS’s problem.

    • Superade

      Very true John. This antitrust browser lark and antitrust in general should be pointed at Apple if anyone.

      • WillyThePooh

        I think EU is pretty loose to Apple products. They may have owned Apple stocks.

  • WillyThePooh

    The browser thing is just a cash cow for EU. I have no browser ribbon when I install my windows and now I am using Firefox instead of IE. Are people living in EU so dumb that they really need the browser ribbon in order to pick different browser to use?