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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then talk to the hardware-manufactorer!
it's their responsibility to deliver a working firmware

The problem stems from the fact that as long as Windows runs, the hardware vendors assume that to be a "working" firmware. Microsoft obviously just loves this way of looking at it, and they in fact encourage it. The fewer people that know some life outside of Windows even exists, the better. Whether they're firmware developers, hardware developers, or end users, the fewer that know, the better off Microsoft is. There are plenty of things like this to prove it:

mono is open source, silverlight is an alternative to flash (very open ;) ), and so on

Eh, no. More like "very dead" outside of Windows and possibly Mac.

"In December 2011 Miguel de Icaza announced that work on Moonlight had stopped with no future plans. He explained that, although there was always some bloat, complication and over-engineering in the Silverlight vision, Microsoft had "cut the air supply" to it by omitting cross-platform components, making it web-only plugin, and including Windows-only features."

The traditional Microsoft method of embrace, extend, extinguish is clearly at play here. All despite the fact that just about everyone around here is currently talking like Microsoft is a little angel and is nothing like their former self (hah!) as they try to paint Google as the devil here. Everyone must have an extremely short memory or something, because it's amazing how fast people tend to forget key things an their quest to jump on the next company to demonize.

Edited 2013-01-06 19:45 UTC

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