After emerging a complaint from Microsoft about Google’s lack of motivation to build a complete YouTube app for its mobile platform, some users of Windows Phone also began to warn that Google Maps “would have stopped working” in Internet Explorer.
In response to the sites that published the news, a spokesman for the Mountain View giant said that Google Maps was never officially supported by Windows Phone, meaning the map service never worked.
“The mobile web version of Google Maps is optimized for WebKit browsers, like Chrome and Safari. Since Internet Explorer is not a WebKit browser, Windows Phone devices are not able to access Google Maps in its web version, ”said a Google employee.
In a reply to the searcher’s comment, a Microsoft spokesman tried to make the situation more controversial by remembering that Google Maps works on Internet Explorer for Windows 8. “Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 use the same rendering ”, he commented.
Sought by The Next Web for a rejoinder, Google again stated that mobile Internet Explorer does not offer a good map experience because it does not offer the ability to drag or zoom. However, some recent improvements, made by Microsoft, may bring the service to Windows Phone.
“Recent improvements in IE Mobile allow Google Maps to deliver a better experience and we are currently working to remove the redirect. We will continue to test the compatibility of Google Maps with other mobile browsers to ensure the best possible experience for users, ”said the statement.