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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The proper response...
by howitzer86 on Sat 5th Jan 2013 15:27 UTC
howitzer86
Member since:
2008-02-27

The solution is simple enough.

"If this website, then this user-agent."

If Google wants to continue to isolate an entire platform just because its a competitor, they will have to take further steps. These steps will harm them in the public sphere, further helping Microsoft.

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RE: The proper response...
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 5th Jan 2013 15:37 in reply to "The proper response..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Agreed. Just to piss off Google, Microsoft should send out an update that alters the user agent when visiting Maps and Gmail.

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RE[2]: The proper response...
by andydread on Sat 5th Jan 2013 22:18 in reply to "RE: The proper response..."
andydread Member since:
2009-02-02

Microsoft has pissed off Google and the entire Linux and FOSS community enough don't you think? The software-patent extortion scheme they are running is way more damaging to the industry than this childish move by Google. I don't see Google ushering in an era where you can't sit down and your computer and write useful successful system software without having to pay a patent tax or have an army of lawyers. I See Microsoft doing that damage. I have news for you. If ReactOS or Wine ever gets any traction on the radar you bet Microsoft will use software patents to tax the crap out of any device that is produced with a functioning Wine or ReactOS, or even Haiku or drive them out of town on software-patent rail. What gets me is that you have smart people who know this and even complain and write blogs about this extortion yet they still go purchase devices with Microsoft OS installed.

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RE: The proper response...
by Almafeta on Sat 5th Jan 2013 16:42 in reply to "The proper response..."
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

"If this website, then this user-agent."


Like I had to do for a little bit to continue using Google+ on Opera.

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