Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Jan 2013 14:53 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y And so this situation is starting to get ridiculous - and consumers are, as usual, caught in the middle of it all. Google has just blocked Windows Phone devices from accessing Google Maps on their phones. In addition, it also seems Windows Phone users are now restricted to the basic HTML version of the mobile GMail website. While understandable from a defensive perspective - Microsoft's extortion scheme targeting Android device makers and all that - it's still a massive dick move that only hurts consumers. Update: the media attention has worked - Google is backpedalling, and will remove the redirect. "We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make sure we deliver the best experience for those users. In our last test, IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and perform basic map functionality. As a result, we chose to continue to redirect IE mobile users to Google.com where they could at least make local searches. The Firefox mobile browser did offer a somewhat better user experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users. Recent improvements to IE mobile and Google Maps now deliver a better experience and we are currently working to remove the redirect. We will continue to test Google Maps compatibility with other mobile browsers to ensure the best possible experience for users."
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UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

Moral of the story: Be an inconsiderate dick to others, and expect to be treated the same way by them in return. Is that not the basic reaction of any living animal--not just humans? I don't think you'll see a praying mantis turn the other cheek if another one starts acting aggressively toward it, or a snake back down if you manage to piss it off. Rabbits are cute, but I bet very few people have seen how ferocious they can be to each other.

In my opinion, it's a suitable form of defense considering who they're going up against and relatively mild compared to what Microsoft has done to their competition (and even their own partners) in the past.

In fact, it should even help Microsoft get Windows Phone users to use other Microsoft services instead of Google's, which alone should make Ballmer's day. It's like vendor lock-out... but done completely ass-backwards.

Edited 2013-01-05 16:16 UTC

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