Microsoft Will Allow Third-Party Metro Browsers Special API Access To Compete With IE

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Hey.That_Dude

"By creating a third category of app Microsoft is also choosing to except web browsers from certain features such as Metro sandboxing"

The word you're looking for is exempt, not except.

Relating to the contents of the article: YAY!

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riopato

Ironic that Moxilla is working on one for win 8 considering what it's pedigree comes from. I'm not so sure that third party browser apps will supersede windows 8's integrated browser. How many iphone users actually use another browser instead of the awful one already built in? The sandbox model guarantees that built in apps are best!

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theplustwo

Well, Apple has a pretty strict policy of rejecting 3rd party apps that replicate integrated iOS functionality, such as the web browser. There aren't really any alternative browsers in the Apple App Store. Microsoft would be hit with lawsuits for doing that, seeing as they've been deemed a monopoly in the desktop computing space.

From the sounds of this article, Microsoft is actively enabling 3rd parties to fully replace both the Metro and desktop interfaces for Internet Explorer, so it will be much easier for people to switch away from the default browser.

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bpstone

I believe Microsoft's days are numbered as the king OS on desktop computers. More competition is needed to drive license prices down for the general consumer and push further innovation. Software patents need to be completely abolished too. The system is being abused.

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theplustwo

I don't really see what that has to do with this article, but sure, competition is good. However it's gonna be really tough for anybody to beat out Windows, given how entrenched Microsoft is in the area, and the level of resources they have to throw at it.

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bpstone

They would be more like Apple if they could get by with it. Hell, probably worse.

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