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Microsoft gives in to Google with basic Youtube app for Windows Phone

Users will have to make do with a web player
Tue Oct 08 2013, 11:06

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has put an end to its long running Youtube Windows Phone app confrontation with Google, having canned it in favour of a basic web player.

Microsoft released Youtube for Windows Phone version 3.2 on Monday, which sees the app reverted to a basic web player due to Google's intransigence. The updated app is available to download free from the Windows Store, and those with an older version of the app will be forced to update it if they want it to work.

For those who missed Microsoft and Google's Youtube disagreement, it started in May and has been going on for months.

In May, Google told Microsoft that it had to pull its Youtube for Windows Phone app because it didn't comply with Youtube's terms and conditions. This saw Microsoft release an updated version, which again was quickly blocked by Google, apparently because "it didn't play adverts, showed videos with restricted playback and allowed users to download from the app".

This led to a squabble between the two firms, with Microsoft slamming Google's alleged lack of openness and accusing it of anticompetitive practices.

David Howard, VP and deputy general counsel for litigation and antitrust at Microsoft said, in an open letter to Google, "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."

It seems that Microsoft isn't as committed to getting its way with its Youtube app any longer. µ


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