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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UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

Just because a few Windows Phone users wouldn't be able to access a Google service on a Microsoft phone? Come on...

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

If Microsoft were stopping you from using a particular service on Linux you would be up in arms.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Really? What Microsoft service would that have to be? I have two Microsoft accounts, but I rarely use either one. I honestly wouldn't lose too much sleep over it.

Of course, Microsoft can't afford to not have their web services available to the largest population of Internet-connected users possible, no matter what the OS. Their competition with Google and others is just too tight.

They killed MSN Messenger, so for me, Google Talk/XMPP it is. I have no need to download any "apps" from the Windows Store for either Windows 8 or Windows Phone. I don't currently own an Xbox, and if I did I have no use for online gaming, or the money to blow on Xbox Live Arcade DRM-infested games. No need for Skype, I'm perfectly happy with Google Voice and have been using it for quite a while.

I'm not too thrilled with Bing search after recently it labeled me a malicious bot and tried to force me to type a Captcha--all because I couldn't find what I was looking for and kept skipping through the search pages just trying to find something relevant. Didn't even make it to page 20; the appearance a Captcha getting in the way of a search meant an instant "goodbye" from me. If it can't even get out of my way to search, it failed as a search engine--it's as simple as that. Bing Maps seems pretty decent, but if it were to drop off Linux tomorrow I probably wouldn't even know it.

Online office suites... well, I don't have much of a need for them or any of that "cloud" crap (my data is mine), but if MS Office Web Apps disappeared tomorrow Google Docs won't stop working with OpenDocument files. And there's always Zoho.

Which leaves... Outlook.com? Which is nice; it's just not every day that I change e-mail services and addresses.

So no... I really don't think I would shed a tear if Microsoft took away support for one of their web services on Linux.

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