Google first announced that there will be no Google apps for Windows Phone, then they pulled the Gmail sync support, then the news of blocking full YouTube app came and now Google is blocking Windows Phones user from accessing Google Maps on web. Google has really started to play the game dirty!
Google has took things a step further by blocking Windows Phones 8 and 7.5 and 8 from accessing maps.google.com. If you try to access the page, you are automatically redirected to Google's search page.
Google issued a statement on the situation to Gizmodo:
The mobile web version of Google Maps is optimized for WebKit browsers such as Chrome and Safari. However, since Internet Explorer is not a WebKit browser, Windows Phone devices are not able to access Google Maps for the mobile web.
Then Microsoft provided a short statement to Gizmodo, simply saying that:
Internet Explorer in Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 use the same rendering engine.
Update: It looks like Google has forgot to redirect http://maps.google.co.uk. I'm sure it will be blocked too.