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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It takes less effort to provide a warning screen for unsupported browsers. It's a couple lines of code.

I don't care if some of you think MS deserves it, these petty tech pissing contests hurt consumers more than the companies.

I am also equally opposed to the user agent string checks that sniff out Linux or Opera. It's total bullshit if your website or service only works once the browser has lied about who it is. Total bullshit and inexcusable. Provide a warning if you don't have the resources to provide support or insure compatibility.

Google of course has the resources and on that note I'm sick of Google, Microsoft and Apple acting like they don't have billions of dollars and an army of developers. Make sure everything works in all browsers? Gosh willickers that sounds like a lot of work! We only have billions of dollars in the bank!

Edited 2013-01-06 05:13 UTC

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