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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RE: Comment by Laurence
by JAlexoid on Sat 5th Jan 2013 17:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
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And what's more, an era when we didn't have to pay for these freedoms with intrusive advertising.

When was that? Everything that you say never existed at one single period of time. And the internet was expensive and slow.

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Sun 6th Jan 2013 12:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
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When was that? Everything that you say never existed at one single period of time. And the internet was expensive and slow.

Maybe I have rose tinted glasses, but swear it's only in recent years that adverts have become intrusive.

Thinking about it again, those Flash banners from yesteryear used to drive me nuts - particularly the ones with audio.

I don't think think the internet was that slow though. At least not where I lived. Sure, it's slow by todays comparisons, but the net has grown a bit like HDDs (10 years ago I bought a 120GB HDD for my NAS and wondered how the hell I'd fill it - and yet these days I have close to 40 times that capacity and still have managed to get 3/4 full).

Going back to my original point though; I do often wonder what the internet will be like when my kids are teenagers. If only because of the different power struggles that are currently happening.

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