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 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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Microsoft has never changed
by PieterGen on Sun 6th Jan 2013 15:51 UTC
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Microsoft in 2013 is just as anti-competetive as it was in 1999. Some problems I run into TODAY:

1- UEFI Crippled Boot. It's getting hard to put a non-Microsoft OperatingSystem on a computer, due to UEFI Crippled Boot.

2- Forced to buy Windows. I can't buy a pre-installed Linux laptop at the large stores & webstores. And I cannot get the license money back. Dell sometimes offers linux laptop, put somewhere in the dark dungeons of their webstore (do they want to sell it at all?) Plus, it is more expensive (!) as the laptop with Windows installed...... Also, if you buy a laptop with the obligatory windows installed, when you don't need it and uninstall it, you cannot get your money back for the Windows license I don't need, despite the legal obligation.

3- Patent trolling. Android makers are "invited" to pay for sketchy patents MS claims to have on Android.

4- Collusion with Apple against Google. The 2 never ever attack each other, but both go after Google. MS uses the patent troll methods and the sock puppet campaigns (see 5), Apple's trick is sales bans.

5- Sock puppet campaigns. MS puts millions of dollars into fake organisations whose only goal it is to slander Google. In this same veign is the #droidrage campaign.

6- OOXML. I still cannot completely read or edit .doc or .docx files using OpenOffice or LibreOffice. When .odt was adopted as a standard, Microsoft used all tricks to get ooxml adopted as a second standard. Then, in their next MSOffice versions, they did not even implement their own "open" standard. Result: communication between MSOffice and competing office suites is still crippled (yes, it's 90% OK, but the remaining 10% of errors sucks).

7. Other non-standards used to lock out others: Exchange, Mono, Silverlight, and so on.

All this is happening NOW. So, Microsoft has not exactly changed its ways. Add to this a history of these sort of actions. Makes me think Google has the right to be a douche as well. On the other hand, "an eye for an eye will make all of us blind". Google should not have lowered themselves to this level, as understandable as it is. Yet, I am disappointed.

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