Microsoft would appear to be closing in a little and taking back some control of its up and coming operating system, Windows 8.

Harvey Anderson, VP of Business affairs at Mozilla has been blogging on a limitation with Windows 8 for ARM users.

Apparently, Microsoft insists that any application developed for Windows 8 RT (the ARM version) must run in ‘Metro’ mode, whereas their own Internet Explorer will run in ‘Classic’ mode allowing it more privileges. Mr Anderson says...

only Internet Explorer will be able to perform many of the advanced computing functions vital to modern browsers in terms of speed, stability, and security

He does not give much detail on how restrictive this would be, however we can certainly assume he knows what he is talking about. He is also quite clear that developing the Firefox browser for the ARM version is currently impossible.

The prospect is that users will have no choice and be forced to use Internet Explorer.

It was only a few days ago that we learned Windows 8 (all versions) will not ship with support for DVD/Blu Ray playback -- so no watching your movies on a PC, unless you buy 3rd party software.

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