Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Aug 2013 16:10 UTC
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In the past two months, Microsoft and Google have been bickering over one central issue: HTML5. The Verge has learned that Google is forcing Microsoft to build its YouTube Windows Phone app in HTML5, despite its own Android and iOS versions using superior native code. Although Microsoft has offered to build ad support along with making other tweaks as Google has requested, a full HTML5 app isn't currently possible on the platform.

The difficult thing here is that Google actually has a very good case; it's their API, their service, their rules. On top of that, YouTube publishers - big and small - need to earn money from advertisements too, and incorrect implementations make that harder. Microsoft's mafia practices regarding patents, extorting companies to pay for Android use even though Microsoft has contributed zero code to Android plays a role too. Lastly, Windows Phone is essentially irrelevant with 3% market share - it's not as if Microsoft ever concerned itself with minority platforms.

Still, all this does is hurt consumers, no matter how few Windows Phone users there are. Just work this out, please, you bunch of children.

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RE: The nuclear option
by lemur2 on Sat 17th Aug 2013 09:52 UTC in reply to "The nuclear option"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

With Microsoft solidifying its enterprise chokehold with Office 365, the nuclear option in all of this is to pull the switch.

The EAS switch. Revoke Google's EAS licenses and watch the mass exodus from Google Apps and Android devices in the enterprise.

Without Exchange Google loses almost over night.


Any sane business should be looking at replacing their Exchange servers with OpenChange, SoGo and Samba4 on Linux servers.

http://www.openchange.org/developers/relnotes/2.0-quadrant.html

http://www.sogo.nu/english.html

http://www.samba.org/

This way said sane businesses can in one fell swoop: support Windows and any other OS clients, avoid CALs, and remove the threat to their business of Microsoft opting to invoke the "nuclear option".

Edited 2013-08-17 09:56 UTC

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RE[2]: The nuclear option
by Soulbender on Sat 17th Aug 2013 10:35 in reply to "RE: The nuclear option"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Any sane business should be looking at replacing their Exchange servers with OpenChange, SoGo and Samba4 on Linux servers.


No sane business will completely change their entire infrastructure without very good reasons.

support Windows and any other OS clients


Yeah but...they already do that using Windows, at least for most practical purposes.

avoid CALs


Well, that is a good reason. Figuring out how the damn CAL's work and how many you need and why is a science in and of itself.

remove the threat to their business of Microsoft opting to invoke the "nuclear option".


Eh, that's not going to happen.

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RE[3]: The nuclear option
by lemur2 on Sat 17th Aug 2013 10:43 in reply to "RE[2]: The nuclear option"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Yeah but...they already do that using Windows, at least for most practical purposes.


Yeah but ... they won't be able to continue to do that using Windows if Microsoft invokes the "nuclear option".

Sane businesses should certainly look at ways to avoid becoming casualties in the Microsoft/Google war.

Improving your infrastructure by going to Linux servers, and avoiding CALs in the process, is surely a win-win-win over being vulnerable to Microsoft's war with Google.

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