I don't know how many of we the 3 percent need/want to use Google Maps via the browser. Whether it's a few (including me, on more than one occasion) or many, the move to block Windows Phone users still looks short-sighted. Wouldn't it make more sense to encourage those using your competitors' products (Bing, IE) to access your technology instead of theirs? Maybe you'll win over a new customer or three in the process. I'm not the first to say it, and I'm sure I won't be the last. Google should brush up on its history lessons. It's emulating the old Microsoft. Even though Google largely beat the antitrust rap this time, maybe its luck won't hold out forever...
Update, 4:17 p.m, PT: Google says it's working to remove its Maps redirect, which bumps IE mobile users to Google.com, You can read the company's statement here, Update, 5 p.m, PT: In response to a query from me, a Google representative said the redirection for Windows Phone users seeking access to Google Maps via IE in the browser has "always" been in place, I cannot definitively prove this is wrong, but it seems to me that I've used Google Maps via IE on my Windows Phone at least once in the past year-plus, (And this video link, submitted impact-resistant flexible case for iphone se by @4Tiles, makes it look like panning and zooming did, indeed, work.)..
If Google is right and this redirection isn't something new, I'm curious why the behavior was only discovered now. Anyone have theories/ideas?. This story originally appeared on ZDNet under the headline "Google shouldn't forget history when blocking its competitors' products."Is there any good reason Google is blocking Windows Phone users from accessing Google Maps via the Internet Explorer browser?. Update, 4:17 p.m. PT: Google says it's working to remove its Maps redirect, which bumps IE mobile users to Google.com. You can read the company's statement here.
With its decision to block Windows Phone users from accessing Google Maps, Google isn't the first browser maker to block users from accessing content with a competitive product, Microsoft has done the same in the distant and not-so-distant past, But that's still no excuse for what looks like nothing other than a petty, short-sighted move on Google's part, Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic, We delete comments that violate our impact-resistant flexible case for iphone se policy, which we encourage you to read, Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion..
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