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Microsoft slams Google's lack of openness as it blocks Youtube app again

Windows Phone app blocked for violating Youtube terms of service
Fri Aug 16 2013, 10:57

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has written an open letter to Google criticising the company's alleged "lack of openness" after it blocked the firm's Youtube Windows Phone app again.

Microsoft released a new Youtube app for its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system earlier this week, after Google blocked its previous effort because it didn't display adverts, played videos with restricted playback and allowed users to download videos from the app.

Microsoft claimed its latest Youtube app addressed all of these issues, but according to the company Google has blocked this too.

In the letter, David Howard, VP and deputy general council of litigation and antitrust at Microsoft said, "This week, after we addressed each of Google's points, we re-launched the app, only to have Google technically block it," claiming that Google blocked the app because it isn't based on HTML5, despite the fact that Youtube apps on Android and iOS are also not based on HTML5.

It's fair to say that Howard got a bit angrier further into his letter and accused Google of blocking the app so that Microsoft's Youtube experience on Windows Phone will be sub-par compared to that on iOS and Android, adding that Google's reason for doing so was "manufactured".

Howard continued, "We think it's clear that Google just doesn't want Windows Phone users to have the same experience as Android and Apple users, and that their objections are nothing other than excuses. Nonetheless, we are committed to giving our users the experience they deserve, and are happy to work with Google to solve any legitimate concerns they may have."

Howard concluded, "In the meantime, we once again request that Google stop blocking our Youtube app."

We have yet to hear Google's side of the story, with the firm having told The INQUIRER that it will not comment yet. µ


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