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[7]: Why does HTML5 exist?
by jared_wilkes on Sat 5th Jan 2013 22:53 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Why does HTML5 exist?"
jared_wilkes
Member since:
2011-04-25

Microsoft is collecting a couple tens of millions from many OEMS of Android devices. (They also do this with many other companies for products in many other fields.)

You call it extorting. Crime vs. perfectly legal. Rhetoric.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Just because something is legal doesn't make it right. This overreliance on equating the law with good is exactly why the West is in such deep shit right now.

Smart men and women think for themselves. Cowards let the law do the thinking for them.

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

I'm not disputing that legal doesn't always mean good. I am stating that legal is reality, and that your rhetoric is bullshit.

I'm also really bored with the: someone did something aimed at limiting Google's unchecked takeover of mobile (which has had absolutely no impact whatsoever but I'll act like theoretically Microsoft could cause Armageddon even though that will never actually happen); therefore, anything Google does is justified idiocy.

...Also, your "The West is doomed and damned to hell" nonsense has always been tired and wrong.

Edited 2013-01-06 02:10 UTC

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