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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it's about time
by bjb1959 on Mon 7th Jan 2013 15:36 UTC
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LMAO.. I think this is long overdue. It is high time Microsoft finally get a taste of what they have been dishing out for decades and if the consumers are collateral damage so be it, Microsoft has never cared about that in the past when they were on the top of the mountain. And for those who say Google should be better than that or "don't be evil" If there was someone in your neighborhood that bullied you and kicked your ass on a daily basis and then came a day you were bigger and stronger, maybe you should be the bigger man and not retaliate. But it's much more fun, and satisfying to kick their ass on a regular basis to pay them back.

Edited 2013-01-07 15:38 UTC

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