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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RE[3]: it's about time
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 8th Jan 2013 22:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: it's about time"
UltraZelda64
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I'm sorry, could you please point me to where anyone here has said anything even remotely like that?

Just an observation I've noticed from the time this news item went up, both in the modding and the comments themselves, and also in several other Microsoft/Google news stories lately.

I see atleast you maintain yourself in the old train. But I don't really see these others you claim to have jumped onto another train; I see people who defend or bash whichever party or action that deserves it at any then-current moment. I, for example, do not hate either company -- I dislike both of their antics, I do recognize the wrongs Microsoft has done, but I will still choose to defend them when they deserve it.

Hating some party blindly is for children.

I wouldn't exactly say that I "hate" Microsoft, nor are any of my thoughts on them "blind." I have developed a strongly deserved distrust and disrespect toward them over the years from the various vile and wicked misdeeds they've unleashed on the world.

For everything good they do over the years that makes me commend them and lighten this hostility, they do something far worse that just reeks of their old tactics. For example, I have praised the hell out of Microsoft for their stance on the DNT header (although I believe that the standard is nothing more than a joke). They need to earn their trust and respect back--I don't just pass it out overnight like candy. So far for every step in the right direction they take two steps backward, and occasionally they still do something that's of pretty much the same level of "bad" that they used to do and Apple just loves to do now.

Trust me... when Microsoft truly changes and regains my trust by acting like a halfway-decent corporation and once they have proved over time that they truly mean it, then what they did in the past and my overall negative view of them will all be history. But they keep proving, time and time again, that so far that's just not happening.

I do not forget or forgive easily... and respect is earned, not just given. They are getting better in several ways, but continue to do what IMO are 100% unforgivable actions that reek of the past, of the same old giant.

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