Windows users are probably more than a little disgruntled at Google right now. Thus so far, Windows phones users have been spurned by Google, having neither a YouTube nor Google Maps apps. Google's also blocked Microsoft's ability to develop a proper YouTube app on Windows phones by refusing the tech giant any access to YouTube's APIs.
Recently, Windows phones users began reporting issues with the mobile desktop version of Google Maps. Linking to Google Maps via Internet Explorer on Windows phones would redirect users to the Google homepage. After Windows phones users made quite a ruckus, Google addressed the complaint, stating that Windows phones never had access to Google Maps via Internet Explorer because it had previously run tests on Windows phones and concluded that they didn't provide an optimal experience with Maps. The company then promised that they would remove the redirect. The accuracy of Google's statement is questionable, as readers of The Next Web reported that they previously had access to Google Maps via their Windows phones before they began being redirected to the Google homepage.
Now, Windows phones are apparently having more issues with YouTube. According to WPCentral, something has changed with Windows phones that now cause the YouTube site to prompt users to install the YouTube app. However, only third party applications exist for YouTube on Windows phones, which would no doubt confuse the ordinary user.
The problem only crops up for some Windows phones users. Those that have set Internet Explorer to 'Desktop' mode receive the prompting, while those on 'Mobile' mode don't. According to Windows phones users, something has changed in the configuration last week, as Windows phones users never experienced the prompting for app installation in the past.
The fact that this is happening so soon after the Maps controversy doesn't do Google any favors on the public relations front. In the past, Google has stated that the reason it has denied allowing Microsoft any access to the YouTube API is because "Windows phone users can access all the feature of YouTube through our HTML5-based mobile website, including viewing high-quality video streams, finding favorite videos, seeing video ratings, and searching for video categories. In fact, we’ve worked with Microsoft for several years to help build a great YouTube experience on Windows Phones."