Whether you use(d) Google Maps on Windows Phone or not, the fact that Google actively blocked users from accessing the platform through the Web was more than irksome. Maybe it's more the idea that Google would go to those lengths, cutoff users, than actually missing the service when there are alternatives such as Bing. But, either way, Google has re-enabled access.

Google initially claimed that the Windows Phone didn't use WebKit, which Microsoft said wasn't true. Google then said the hiccup was part of performance testing, and that the company would enable access to the platform soon—so here you go. Did you miss it?

Both Microsoft and Google have been at odds over a number of issues, and that's unfortunately fettered on down to affecting the end-user. Hopefully the two companies can settle their differences, or at least come up with solutions, so nothing like this happens in the future.