Microsoft to Google: Please stop blocking our Windows Phone YouTube app, you’re being highly unreasonable

Microsoft to Google: Please stop blocking our Windows Phone YouTube app, you’re being highly unreasonableLast May, an updated Windows Phone YouTube app was taken down following objections from Google, and this week, having addressed Mountain View’s various concerns (er, most of them), the app was re-launched on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

However, the app has been “technically blocked” by Google, and Microsoft makes a bloody good case for the Android owners being, well, dicks.

The Windows Phone YouTube app circa May 2013 was removed in order to accommodate several modifications, namely the enabling of Google’s ads, disabling of video downloads, and removal of the ability to view reserved videos.

The latest Windows Phone YouTube app ticks each of those boxes, but the main sticking point appears to be HTML5.

See, Google insisted Microsoft’s YouTube app be built on HTML5, but M$ - figuring that that’d be “technically difficult and time consuming”, and noting that the Android and iOS equivalents aren’t HTML5-based – opted to ignore that particular stipulation.

Google is none too happy, asserting that Microsoft has violated the former’s “terms and conditions”.

There are a couple of other bizarre complaints from Google too, and it does appear to be acting a tad unreasonably. Of course, we’re only hearing Microsoft’s side of the story.

For more detail, I’ll hand you over to David Howard, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Antitrust at Microsoft (heck of a title, buddy). He’s written a fairly lengthy piece on the matter called The Limits of Google’s Openness (TechNet).

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 16, 2013 at 14:15

It's like the cold war all over again. I guess some wall needs to fall in, um, 50 years before we find out what was really going on in good ole 2013 - by which time something else and unreal happens etc, etc...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 16, 2013 at 22:52

So in short, Google set out a list of criteria for the revised version of the app, M$ decided to ignore one of those criteria for no other reason than they couldn't be a*sed to put the work in to meet it and were then surprised when Google decided to continue their blocking of the YouTube app on WP when they found out what M$ had done. Not exactly surprising when you look at it in the cold light of business, is it?

YouTube is Google's and they can do with it as they please. If that includes insisting the WP app is coded in HTML5, so be it, even if Google's own Android app isn't. The same would be true if M$ insisted the Android Skype app had to be coded in HTML5, for example.

M$ just got caught trying to take a shortcut after already p*ssing Google off once. Hardly surprising Google have decided to get a bit awkward about it, is it?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 17, 2013 at 07:06

Kind of, yeah...
Frankly, I was surprised when I read the Win 8 and WP Youtube apps allowed downloading of videos.
Whatever ones opinion of those copyright shenanigans - to a degree Google's hands are tied.
They have to cover their as*es, too. MS are not usually so liberal when it comes to such issues.
How about a Bing video app for Android that lets people save childp*rn and beastiality(*) clip - all neat under the Bing banner? (* it's not pretty what you can see in Bing's video search results - all neatly playable right there on the Bing page!)

Essentially though, I couldn't care less about this squabble. MS and Google deserve each other.


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