Microsoft wants a piece of Google over YouTube snub on WP7

Microsoft wants a piece of Google over YouTube snub on WP7

Go back 10 years and ask people to name the first company that comes to mind when you say the words “computers” and “anti-trust”, and the name out of almost everyone's lips would be the same: Microsoft.

Well, that's still the case, it seems, but this time Microsoft is on the other side of the fence, and is hurling legal brickbats Google's way for allegedly not allowing full access to YouTube functionality on Windows Phone 7.

In essence, the long complaint Microsoft has formally submitted to European anti-trust officials accuses Google of withholding access to the ability to search video categories, find favourites, see ratings and so on through the YouTube WinPho app, a privilege that has been granted to both Apple's iOS and obviously to Android.

Microsoft argues that as a result, the only way it can provide Windows Phone 7 users with the full functionality YouTube offers is to make its YouTube app little more than a shortcut to the full web service, and that – it says – is anti-competitive.

That's not the end of it, though – check out the rest of Microsoft's grumbles over on Technet, and then give us your thoughts – is it fair complaint, or is Google simply acting within its rights?

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5 comments

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 31, 2011 at 12:24

mmh... interesting. Want to know what Google say!

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2011 at 12:26

Curious by the way, how well double standards work, eh? ;)
When Opera (the browser gurus from Norway) dragged Microsoft to the EU for similar anti-trust issues, the MS-fanbois got sooooooo upset, they called for a boycott of the Opera browser.
Looking forward to how this will play out :D

Simes123  Oct. 10, 2012 at 22:07

It probably is unreasonable for Google/Youtube in this respect in the same way that legally it was found that MS were being unreasonable with their Browser. Google/Youtube have become defacto Search and Video resources on the net. To restrict, anti-competitively functionality like this would probably fail a legal test in the same way as MS did.

Digit10101  Oct. 11, 2012 at 00:54

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 11, 2012 at 07:23

Simes, good point. But dont forget: bing.
Anyhoo - how did this end? This story is from March '11!

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