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Post EU regulators investigating Windows 8 browser lock-out

As part of its investigation into Microsoft's failure to properly offer a browser selection screen to Windows users in the EU, antitrust regulators have announced that they are examining whether Windows 8 prevents the installation and use of third-party browsers.

Microsoft agreed to offer users a choice of browsers as part of its agreement with the European Commission three years ago. However, the browser ballot was not properly offered to users of Windows 7 Service Pack 1, provoking the EC to investigate Microsoft's compliance with its settlement agreement. As part of that investigation, the EC is looking into allegations that Microsoft does not provide third-party browser developers access to the same set of APIs as Internet Explorer has.

The regulator will also examine claims that Microsoft will not allow any third-party browsers at all on its Windows RT operating system that runs on ARM processors, according to EC spokesman Antoine Colombani. The EC did not say which companies had made the allegations against Microsoft.

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