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Google Again Finds Fault with Microsoft's YouTube App

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T Bone

Aug 15, 2013, 4:02 PM
Google needs to step up to the plate and just make an official YouTube app for Windows Phone already
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Haggard

Aug 15, 2013, 4:24 PM
Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft

You may be wondering what happened to the YouTube app for Windows Phone. Last May, after we launched a much improved app on our platform, Google objected on a number of grounds. We took our app down and agreed to work with Google to solve their issues. This week, after we addressed each of Google’s points, we re-launched the app, only to have Google technically block it.

We know that this has been frustrating, to say the least, for our customers. We have always had one goal: to provide our users a YouTube experience on Windows Phone that’s on par with the YouTube experience available to Android and iPhone users. Google’s objections to our app are not only inconsistent w...
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Vmac39

Aug 15, 2013, 4:36 PM
To be honest, it sounds like Google wants Microsoft to not only continue to foot the bill for developing a working YouTube app, but do the work of figuring out how to make it HTML-5 compatible so they don't have to, and all they have to do is mirror what Microsoft has done for Android and iOS.

People can say what they want about Microsoft, and there is always two sides of a story, but I doubt that this is far from the truth. Google need to work with MS and stop this BS.
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T Bone

Aug 15, 2013, 4:50 PM
Google needs to start living up to their frequently repeated claims that they are in favor of open standards and open development.....
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Globhead

Aug 16, 2013, 3:15 PM
Horseypoo. Microsoft wanted to strip the Youtube ads, which is just straight up piracy.

I don't know what the current complaint is, but the last time this happened Microsoft was not just trying to make it work, they were trying to hijack the service.
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T Bone

Aug 16, 2013, 3:57 PM
No, Microsoft didn't want to strip YouTube of ads, Microsoft was UNABLE TO provide support for ads on YouTube because, despite REPEATED requests, Google refused to provide the necessary API's so that they would be able to offer ads....

So let's be clear about exactly what happened: Google refused to allow Microsoft access to the API's that would allow them to show ads, despite Microsoft repeatedly asking for it, and then Google turns around and complains that Microsoft is 'blocking ads'....Google's complaint is completely disingenuous...


I like Android, a lot, and I use a lot of Google products, including Gmail, Google Maps, Google Contacts, Google Calendar, Google Translate and YouTube.....

But Google is refusing to play fair.......
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T Bone

Aug 16, 2013, 4:12 PM
This article summarizes what is really going on, by an author who is not usually a big Microsoft apologist::

http://www.zdnet.com/undocumented-youtube-why-micros ... »
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DarkStar

Aug 16, 2013, 4:13 PM
Why are people complaining. Its not like the 2 people with windows phone can't use youtube. They have a web browser to watch youtube.
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T Bone

Aug 16, 2013, 8:33 PM
The browser is an inferior experience compared to a dedicated app....and Google knows it.

Google has what can only be called a monopoly on online video. When was the last time you saw somebody post a link to an online video that was something other than YouTube? Sure, other sources technically 'exist', Yahoo! Video, MSN Video, Vimeo etc etc etc But YouTube has the market cornered,

Now, if the DOJ vs Microsoft case taught us anything, it taught us that when you achieve a monopoly in a particular service, the kind of monopoly that Google has in online video (and many other things) then you have to behave differently, you have to provide equal access to your service by everybody, you can't play favorites.

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DarkStar

Aug 16, 2013, 9:52 PM
Are you kidding me. The app is horrible. The browser experience is a million times better than the app. Just like facebook. The apps suck.
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Joshmo

Aug 17, 2013, 10:36 PM
Actually both apps that microsoft turned out (facebook and youtube) were really really good.
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Doom Wolf

Aug 15, 2013, 4:43 PM
Seems to me like a boycott to Windows Phone.
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T Bone

Aug 15, 2013, 4:47 PM
So....in other words, Google, aware that the availability of it's mobile services can make or break a mobile platform, are deliberately attempting to prevent Microsoft from being able to offer Google services on Windows Phone so as to prevent Windows Phone from being able to grow to the point where it might become a serious competitor to Android.

This is the kind of crap that Microsoft itself used to pull back before the DOJ reined them in the late 90's....I say it's time for a legal battle....

Microsoft needs to sue to get Google to stop being anti-competitive
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Haggard

Aug 15, 2013, 10:14 PM
I'm not even able to comprehend how or why they're being like this, you'd think that they'd want an official app on Windows Phone to gain even more revenue and even more data from people lol.

I deleted the iOS version because of how poor it was and getting bombarded with ads on every video that I installed ProTuber that disables ads, gives me the option of downloading videos and storing them to my device, only negative is that links to YouTube don't open up in ProTuber yet but I contacted the Dev and they said they're working to include that in the next update.


I don't necessarily think suing is the best route, I think Google needs to stop acting this way and just do whats right. Just because they're currently not a huge competitor...
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T Bone

Aug 16, 2013, 9:21 AM
Maybe Microsoft needs to respond by fighting fire with fire....

Start blocking the Skype, One Note and Bing apps on Android....and invent some ridiculous 'violation' to justify the decision

I don't know how popular the One Note or Bing apps are....but not having Skype would seriously hamper Android
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