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Microsoft repeats Google Youtube antitrust complaint to FTC

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Thu Jan 03 2013, 00:52
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CONVICTED MONOPOLIST Microsoft has reiterated its antitrust complaint against Google over Youtube access on its Windows Phone operating system.

As the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly nearing a conclusion to its antitrust investigation of Google, Microsoft thought it would be a good time to once again point the finger at Google over Youtube access. Microsoft claims Google is not allowing it to offer its Windows Phone users a "fully featured" Youtube app.

In a strongly worded post, Dave Heiner, VP and Microsoft's deputy general counsel not only urged Google to allow Windows Phone users full access to Youtube but even baited the FTC if Google fails to do so by saying, "If not, then 2013 hopefully will be the year when antitrust enforcers display the resolve that Google continues to lack."

Of course seeing Microsoft pointing at another company and claiming anticompetitive behaviour is a bit rich given the company's chequered history on the subject. Microsoft's Youtube claim could simply be sour grapes as Google offers Youtube access on Apple's IOS, which is a far bigger rival than Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.

Whether Microsoft's statement will have any influence on the FTC's upcoming decision remains to be seen. However AllthingsD is claiming that the FTC will rule on Google later this week, meaning that Microsoft might not have to wait long to give full Youtube access to Windows Phone users. µ


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