5 posts • joined 10 Dec 2012
Hmm perhaps I was wrong about iOS users now that you mention the native mail client opening thingy. I guess that's the point though, open (or at least open'ish platforms and standards) beat closed and locked down every time, still, Google managed to create a way for links in its maps application to be opened up in its Google Maps app for iOS 6 so perhaps they might engineer a work around for that... doesn't help much at the moment now though but hope for the future perhaps?
As for Win Pho, yeah I know a couple of people that will be hacked off and maybe justifiably so, but once again, MS wanted to rule the world and only implemented support for Active Sync when they should have at least considered currently active open protocols when writing a basic email client . Why they didn't at least include this functionality is beyond me...can't say I'm surprised though.
I just don't get how Microsoft can be 'surprised' by this move, it would appear they still haven't realized that they are not the only game in town anymore and that charging for the privilege of using a protocol to use their products will in the end put other providers off using it when other non royalty baring standards exist (which are 'good enough') and can be freely implemented. It seems basic business logic to me.
As for normal users, normal users would probably have opted for the services that came with the Phone and probably signed up to Skydrive and Outlook in one go... unfamiliar with Windows Phone but surely you can sign up to the Microsoft services when you boot the phone??
Hmmm iOS users are pretty safe at the moment as Google are permitted (at Apples discretion of course) to distribute a dedicated email client for that platform, its not a big problem for iOS users (for the moment).
For contacts and calendars Google supports CardDAV and CalDAV, both royalty free protocols
I agree the cutting of access to Exchange Active Sync to normal customers is an PITA for most Windows Phone users but then Microsoft have competing web services such as Outlook.com (which will now have to fill the void, if one does in fact exist).
It would appear that the users of the WP platform have opted for the MS echosystem and all that entails (that should be clear for anyone that has jumped to Windows Phone, it's a Microsoft centric device after all).
I can only presume the reason that Google ditched Exchange Active Sync is because of the royalties involved (not insignificant) and the user base of the WP platform. Cost/Benefit analysis probably determined that it doesn't make commercial sense to support Microsoft Active Sync users unless they are paying for the privilege of using the royalty baring protocol (Business Users will).
At the end of the day the decision probably boiled down to cold hard cash (as most do) rather than rhetoric.
Am I right in thinking that Google have to pay Microsoft to support ActiveSync?
Why would Google pay Microsoft to support a service which appears to be only a benefit to users of Microsoft based platforms when non royalty based protocols exist that anyone can use (even Microsoft)?
Would have thought it would have been a benefit to just set the ActiveSync protocol free for anyone to use then we probably wouldn't have this situation.
Why are Microsoft surprised, would have thought they would have seen this one coming a mile away?
You have two scenarios: -
* If you follow the tax rules and pay what you are legally obliged to pay you get politicians whining at you for doing so when they should have had the competence to setup decent tax laws in the first place, end result, some bad PR but nothing extremely bad happens, it's perfectly legal after all.
* If you pay more tax than your legally obliged to pay (what idiot would do that) then the CEO/CFO is then seen as incompetent and will more than likely face a palace coup and/or face the wrath and possible court cases of shareholders, end result, big pile of the brown stuff and no paddle.
I wonder which one a CEO would pick?
Believe me I'm no fan of complete unrestricted capitalism, but politicians whining, moaning and bitching at companies when they should be getting off their respective derriere's and making sure this is not possible in future would appear to be the order of the day.
Our politicians need to stop grandstanding and moaning and actually start fixing our bloody economy instead of trying to raise their media profiles and wondering how to get their backside onto X Factor or that bloody awful Jungle reality television series thing.
Raising a glass...
I'll be raising a jar to Sir Patrick tonight, he'll be missed, but what an awesome legacy he left behind to both science and in the art of civility :)
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