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]: Stupid Google
by BluenoseJake on Sat 5th Jan 2013 22:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Stupid Google"
BluenoseJake
Member since:
2005-08-11

You're comparing apples to oranges. A more apt comparison would be with Microsoft's pollution of the web a while back, when lots of sites would only work with IE browsers, for example.

Google is being idiotic in this case getting down to Microsoft's old level.


The operative part is "Microsoft's old level" MS of today is not the MS of 10-15 years ago, and they have learned(forced) to change.

I don't want to trade one group of assholes for another, altogether more far-reaching group of assholes.

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RE[3]: Stupid Google
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 5th Jan 2013 23:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Stupid Google"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Forced to change? Let me know when I can actually use this page on my operating system of choice:

http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/webclient/

No--Mono is an outdated joke and it does not work.

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RE[4]: Stupid Google
by lucas_maximus on Sun 6th Jan 2013 00:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Stupid Google"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I don't have silverlight installed and I am using Firefox ... seems to work fine.

http://i.imgur.com/uBkOz.png?1

Edited 2013-01-06 00:25 UTC

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RE[3]: Stupid Google
by tylerdurden on Sun 6th Jan 2013 00:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Stupid Google"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Correct, I was just pointing out that I felt your initial analogy was a bit off the mark. That's all.

It's a really stupid/dick move by google (if this was done on purpose). I assume not that many WP users were using the google maps web client anyway, nokia seems to be the bigger player in that space. But blocking those few users creates a pretty bad PR perception of google altogether.

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