Between Android's OS market share dominance and the huge array of services that are contained under the company's banner, Google is a hugely powerful force in consumer technology these days.
So it's no wonder Microsoft VP and deputy general counsel Dave Heiner is more than a little frustrated at the Big G's seeming unwillingness to develop dedicated apps for Windows Phone 8.
“We continue to be dogged by an issue we had hoped would be resolved by now: Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone,” Heiner lamented in a Microsoft blog post this week.
Heiner claims that Microsoft has been trying to get Google to put together a dedicated YouTube app for Windows Phone for more than two years, and is still waiting.
He said that by developing dedicated YouTube apps for both Android and iOS but not Windows Phone, Google was being anti-competitive, and should be taken to task in the light of the European Commission's high-profile antitrust investigation into the company's business practices launched two years ago.
“You might think that Google would be on its best behaviour given it’s under the bright lights of regulatory scrutiny on two continents, particularly as it seeks to assure antitrust enforcers in the US and Europe that it can be trusted on the basis of non-binding assurances that it will not abuse its market position further.
“Hopefully, Google will wake up to a New Year with a resolution to change its ways and start to conform with the antitrust laws. If not, then 2013 hopefully will be the year when antitrust enforcers display the resolve that Google continues to lack.”
Fighting words indeed, but then again if there's one company that knows all about antitrust issues it's Microsoft.