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Microsoft Says Google is Blocking Windows Phone YouTube App

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Microsoft accuses Google of intentionally blocking YouTube for Windows Phone.

It's been two years since Microsoft revamped its mobile efforts and introduced us to Windows Phone. Still, the company has a long way to go before it can stand up to the likes of Android in terms of apps. Back in October, Microsoft revealed that the Windows Phone marketplace now boasts 120,000 applications. In comparison, Google's Play Store hit a milestone of 700,000 apps around the same time. Obviously, Android's got a lot of apps that Windows Phone doesn't. However, it seems one app in particular is being kept away from Windows Phone on purpose.

According to Microsoft, Google is preventing Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone. Redmond first complained about this back in 2010, claiming that Google refused to give Windows Phones the same access to YouTube metadata that was offered to Android and iOS devices. This meant Microsoft's YouTube app was actually just a browser displaying the mobile version of YouTube. Microsoft actually went as far as to complain to the European Union and the FTC about Google's conduct. This week, Microsoft raised the issue once again.

"Despite government scrutiny, Google continues to block Microsoft from offering its customers proper access to YouTube. This is an important issue because consumers value YouTube access on their phone: YouTube apps on the Android and Apple platforms were two of the most downloaded mobile applications in 2012, according to recent news reports," Microsoft's Dave Heiner wrote.

"Yet Google still refuses to allow Windows Phone users to have the same access to YouTube that Android and Apple customers enjoy. Microsoft has continued to engage with YouTube personnel over the past two years to remedy this problem for consumers."

Heiner goes on to say that it appears YouTube itself wants all customers, Windows Phone users included, to have a great YouTube experience. However, Microsoft apparently heard last month that senior execs at Google "told [YouTube] not to enable a first-class YouTube experience on Windows Phones."

Google hasn't been shy about the lack of Google apps available for Microsoft's mobile platform. Just last month, Mountain View said it wouldn't be developing any apps for Windows Phone or Windows 8 until the platforms acquire more users.

"We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8," Google's Clay Bavor told V3 in December.

Though Google may not have any interest in developing apps for Windows Phone (or Windows 8), refusing a competitor access to data that is made readily available to other competitors (in this case, Apple) isn't exactly conducive to a level playing field, is it? Google has yet to comment on Microsoft's allegations, but we'll be sure to update if we hear anything.

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    dameon51 , January 3, 2013 11:25 PM
    sdfasgsdDid Microsoft released Office for Linux? No? Then why should Google release Youtube for a phone OS with the same market share as Bada?

    They aren't accusing Google of not developing the app, they're accusing them of not giving them access to make a native app. You're comparing apples and oranges with MS not releasing Office on Linux. The document specs used in Office are open, thats why Open Office can work within .doc files.
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    sacre , January 3, 2013 10:50 PM
    Bullshit move on Googles move.

    I enjoy Google, but if they're going to screw customers over because "You didn't buy OUR products" then a big middle finger to you bud.

    Don't screw with customers to get at your competitor.
  • 17 Hide
    otacon72 , January 3, 2013 11:21 PM
    Say anything bad about Android or Google and you get slammed. The Google fanboys are 10x worst than Apple ones now.
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  • 15 Hide
    ananke , January 3, 2013 9:35 PM
    Yes, that's true. YouTube for WP doesn't work correctly, even within a browser.
  • 3 Hide
    Anonymous , January 3, 2013 9:47 PM
    Did Microsoft released Office for Linux? No? Then why should Google release Youtube for a phone OS with the same market share as Bada?
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    schwizer , January 3, 2013 9:50 PM
    halcyonThe ~8 or so Windows phone users won't have a first-class YouTube experience. Oh, the indignity.


    9!
  • 10 Hide
    tobalaz , January 3, 2013 9:52 PM
    oops, sorry hal, I opened the tab with no posts, then left the room for a few minutes. my bad, no way shape of form tried to copy you.
    In a slightly related topic....
    I wonder what would happen if Google dropped youtube and googlemaps support for the iPhone?
  • 13 Hide
    bigshootr8 , January 3, 2013 9:53 PM
    googles way of saying buy our devices please :) 
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    digitalrazoe , January 3, 2013 9:53 PM
    ~have you noticed how the big-boy software makers are not playing nice in the sandbox and yet us consumers suffer? Isn't there a class action lawsuit that can happen to make them stop? ~just puttin' it out there...
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    thecolorblue , January 3, 2013 10:07 PM
    sdfasgsdDid Microsoft released Office for Linux? No? Then why should Google release Youtube for a phone OS with the same market share as Bada?

    great point sir!
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    thecolorblue , January 3, 2013 10:10 PM
    digitalrazoe~have you noticed how the big-boy software makers are not playing nice in the sandbox and yet us consumers suffer? Isn't there a class action lawsuit that can happen to make them stop? ~just puttin' it out there...

    we need free software, free hardware, and free bandwith.

    Free as in Freedom... not free as in zero cost.
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    sacre , January 3, 2013 10:50 PM
    Bullshit move on Googles move.

    I enjoy Google, but if they're going to screw customers over because "You didn't buy OUR products" then a big middle finger to you bud.

    Don't screw with customers to get at your competitor.
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    IndignantSkeptic , January 3, 2013 11:05 PM
    So Microsoft is complaining that Google is giving Windows phone users an inferior YouTube experience and yet Microsoft sees nothing wrong with giving PC users an inferior Halo and Gears of War experience by completely withholding most of those games from PC users despite the fact that probably most PC users are financially supporting Microsoft by having Windows on their PC. Am I wrong to think that Microsoft are hypocrites and backstabbers.
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    otacon72 , January 3, 2013 11:21 PM
    Say anything bad about Android or Google and you get slammed. The Google fanboys are 10x worst than Apple ones now.
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    dameon51 , January 3, 2013 11:25 PM
    sdfasgsdDid Microsoft released Office for Linux? No? Then why should Google release Youtube for a phone OS with the same market share as Bada?

    They aren't accusing Google of not developing the app, they're accusing them of not giving them access to make a native app. You're comparing apples and oranges with MS not releasing Office on Linux. The document specs used in Office are open, thats why Open Office can work within .doc files.
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    dameon51 , January 3, 2013 11:26 PM
    thecolorbluewe need free software, free hardware, and free bandwith.Free as in Freedom... not free as in zero cost.

    Free? Sorry, I want to get paid for the hard work I do.
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    dameon51 , January 3, 2013 11:26 PM
    otacon72Say anything bad about Android or Google and you get slammed. The Google fanboys are 10x worst than Apple ones now.

    I wouldn't say worse, fan boys are fan boys.
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    CaedenV , January 3, 2013 11:52 PM
    sdfasgsdDid Microsoft released Office for Linux? No? Then why should Google release Youtube for a phone OS with the same market share as Bada?

    True, MS does not support Linux with software, but they have always been pretty open to supporting Linux on a more fundamental platform level. MS is no longer looking to support specific software to other platforms anyways, it is all about cloud services for other platforms. Want to use linux or MacOS? then look to using office 365, or some other web based software. It is not as convenient as local software, but it can still get the job done.

    The real issue here is that of Google (not linux) and Microsoft are not playing nicely together. MS accuses (often rightfully so) Google of all manner of data stealing and mining, while google uses their new-found power in the mobile market to keep MS locked into a fading desktop market.
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    machvelocy , January 3, 2013 11:58 PM
    otacon72Say anything bad about Android or Google and you get slammed. The Google fanboys are 10x worst than Apple ones now.

    many ppl didn't notice, but google DOES employ shill like any other company
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2013 12:04 AM
    This is an odd situation as the current biggest competitor to Google mobile OS is Apple, not Microsoft. There is almost no incentive for Google to block a weak competitor while allowing access to their strong competitor for the reason of undermining the competition. There should be other reasons why this is happening. Also, there is nothing wrong not to provide app to the Windows 8 platform while there market for that platform is too small. After all, Microsoft already has Office on their W8 platform so there should not be a real need for Google doc to be available. As for map, it runs just as well in desktop mode, for x86 W8 anyway.

    Oh, refering desktop market as fading? 10 years later many people will still be using desktop. Current mobile platform is still not able to replace desktop completely and it is unlikely ARM can be scaled up too much without encountering the same power vs performance issue that Intel CPU has.
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