Well let me bring this back to topic:
Google does some nasty things, I agree with the article.
The MS YouTube APP wasn't treated nicely.
They never rammed IE down anyone's throat, they included IE with Windows but never blocked the installation of competing browsers. I guess Apple is ramming Safari down everyone's throat, and Goggle is as well with Chrome?
Also you commented earlier in the thread that MS doesn't develops Apps for Android, how about the Skydrive app? Smartglass? Several Live games where they will be offering achievements, if they haven't already, which was going to be WP exclusive feature. They announced Office was coming for Android in 2013, One Note is already available as is Lync.
Microsoft got raked over the coals for doing the same thing Apple and Google have been doing for years.
Yeah, this whole shoving IE down peoples throats is a complete and utter farce.
People have always had the choice from day one if they didn't want IE, they went and downloaded Netscape,, man was them some war days.
Then the browser wars started. And you had Opera, Mozilla, Firefox, a whole bunch of others. You were never rejected/blocked to installing any of them.
People just didn't like that IE was starting to get integrated into the whole OS, and that there would be a point where those other browsers just might become obsolete. It had nothing to do at all with competition.
This is what Google is doing now. Rather than compete on having a better device with a better experience, they want to block any potential to a better experience on a site they purchased (didn't create) that is extremely popular to a company they don't like, but allow other companies to benefit, that is Corporate Tyranny, bascially is is unfair competition practices.
Much like, people complain that they can't get Linux from Dell,,, well hey guess what, you can't get Mac for your shiny new built Dell PC either. Don't hear anyone bithcing about that.
IE didn't follow standards, everything was written for IE because it is what everybody had in common. Until other browsers caught on and customers demanded better interoperability did MS focus on compliance with standards.
That's why some if us have a beef with IE.
There was a time that you couldn't download MS Updates from the website, UNLESS you used IE (or spoofed the browser User Agent).Originally Posted by pparks1
Here is what you see (now) if you go to Windows Update using XP + FF
I'm not saying that you couldn't download the individual updates, from the KB, using the browser of your choice.
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And to be more on-topic, I definitely agree that if Google is going to have their API open on Android & iOS, they should allow the same access on WP.
We've got several Android phones (I use a Galaxy S3, best phone I've ever had), a couple iPhones, and one Windows Phone, and one thing the WP we have lacks (Nokia Lumia 822 anyway) is a notification LED. Who designs a phone without a notification LED?? Our general manage has the phone, and she was told by Verizon it was designed that way on purpose, since 'most smart phone users look at their phone screen every few minutes anyway, so it's a redundant feature', lol.