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[2]: Proves me right.
by Windows Sucks on Sat 5th Jan 2013 18:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Proves me right. "
Windows Sucks
Member since:
2005-11-10

Well duh... Though it might force Microsoft to implement open standards.


Well a lot of people argued it was all about open standards and had nothing to do with punishing MS.

But if Google cared about open standards they would of took it out of all their products but they didn't. They kept it in their paid products.

Open standards my booty. They know active sync works better then DAV services and for sure is more easy to use so they kept it for their business customers.

It's just punishment for MS. Lol.

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RE[3]: Proves me right.
by unoengborg on Sun 6th Jan 2013 13:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Proves me right. "
unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

"Well duh... Though it might force Microsoft to implement open standards.



But if Google cared about open standards they would of took it out of all their products but they didn't. They kept it in their paid products.

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Google is a business and need to support their existing customers, so they keep it in their paid products. Not having it for free will create an incentive to create better solutions.

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RE[4]: Proves me right.
by Windows Sucks on Sun 6th Jan 2013 14:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Proves me right. "
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10



Google is a business and need to support their existing customers, so they keep it in their paid products. Not having it for free will create an incentive to create better solutions.


Right so you would think they would want to move their customers to a better solution if there was one.

So they are saying that DAV is not good enough for their business customers. If it was they could transition them off active sync since they have consultants working with most of their business customers.

Fact is Active sync is the best solution if you want blackberry like sync connected to Google Apps in the enterprise.

That open standards talk is BS.

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