It’s no secret that Google isn’t wild about providing services for Windows Phone users. Last month we heard the company talk about why it hasn’t developed any significant apps for the platform, followed shortly thereafter by the news that Google was ending Exchange ActiveSync support. And while iOS just got a killer stand-alone Google Maps app, the only official access Windows Phone users have had was through Google’s web-based version. Now there are fears that even that could be under fire, as Windows Phone users find themselves unable to connect to Google Maps through Internet Explorer.
Now, there’s a very good chance that this is just some innocent misconfiguration, or some bug, but considering the history between the companies, Windows Phone users seem to be just a bit concerned. Attempts to access Google Maps are redirecting users back to Google’s regular search page.
Whatever’s causing this, it doesn’t seem to be a problem with Windows Phone or its browser itself, as faking a WP handset through manipulation of the user agent string on a PC browser returns the same results.
Hopefully, Google will either fix this behavior soon, or at the least explain just what’s causing the situation.
Update: Well, apparently Google Maps working on IE at all was never officially condoned, and while you could get some functionality out of it, whatever Google has done now has broken even that. That looks like some serious ammo for the theory that this change isn’t at all malicious in nature.
Source: The Verge