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[2]: Proves me right.
by shotsman on Sun 6th Jan 2013 04:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Proves me right. "
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The only standards MS will implement are THEIR 'open standards' which are slightly different from everyone else's open standards.

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RE[3]: Proves me right.
by Morgan on Sun 6th Jan 2013 12:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Proves me right. "
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Not always; Microsoft does actually contribute a tiny bit to the F/OSS community. There are two problems though. One, they only contribute when it benefits them, which is selfish but not unheard of (I'm looking at you, Canonical). The bigger problem is that for every tiny bit of positive contribution, they take away a pound of flesh elsewhere, for example with the patent extortion of various companies that use GNU/Linux in some form.

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