Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Aug 2013 16:10 UTC
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In the past two months, Microsoft and Google have been bickering over one central issue: HTML5. The Verge has learned that Google is forcing Microsoft to build its YouTube Windows Phone app in HTML5, despite its own Android and iOS versions using superior native code. Although Microsoft has offered to build ad support along with making other tweaks as Google has requested, a full HTML5 app isn't currently possible on the platform.

The difficult thing here is that Google actually has a very good case; it's their API, their service, their rules. On top of that, YouTube publishers - big and small - need to earn money from advertisements too, and incorrect implementations make that harder. Microsoft's mafia practices regarding patents, extorting companies to pay for Android use even though Microsoft has contributed zero code to Android plays a role too. Lastly, Windows Phone is essentially irrelevant with 3% market share - it's not as if Microsoft ever concerned itself with minority platforms.

Still, all this does is hurt consumers, no matter how few Windows Phone users there are. Just work this out, please, you bunch of children.

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RE: The nuclear option
by zsekeres on Sat 17th Aug 2013 10:53 UTC in reply to "The nuclear option"
zsekeres
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Ah... FUD

I think there is a reason why BYOD is an issue these days. Employees are more comfortable with the devices they know (and often enough love) at home. Consumer stuff, i.e. basically Android and Apple given the current market shares.

So I guess if the "nuclear option" would be exercised productivity would suffer because employees are forced to get along without their favorite devices. Or how about this:
- An important service goes down on a long weekend.
- Turns out that an engineer is required who is not on call duty. (Yeah, this happens...)
- As the engineer has only his personal iPhone or Nexus phone with him and Exchange is not supposed talk to these evil devices he will enjoy some happy holidays.

(Actually close enough to an incident I experienced...)

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