MOUNTAIN VIEW, USA – Google Maps doesn’t have a native app for Windows Phone, but owners of the same smartphones have been able to access the search giant’s popular mapping software via a browser – until a while ago.
Windows Phone 7 and 8 users who now try to access the web version of Google’s popular service are redirected to the company’s main website.
Amid the controversy, Google explained that based on its tests, the mobile version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer did not offer a good experience, with no ability to pan, zoom and perform basic map functionality, thus it directed Internet Explorer Mobile users to Google.com so that they could at least make local searches.
Google later backtracked, confirming recent improvements to IE Mobile and stating that it is working to remove the redirect.
The rivalry between Microsoft and Google has grown in recent weeks after Google announced plans to move away from Microsoft’s Exchange platform. The search giant has put up its Chrome operating system for laptops and Android for smartphones and tablets, to rival Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Phone platforms. The two tech firms also have rival cloud-based office suites, search engines, browsers, VoIP services, and e-mail services.