Microsoft to Google: Let there be a YouTube app for Windows Phone or say hi to antitrust enforcers Written by Ron on January 02, 2013 - 04:14PM
Microsoft isn't too happy right now with Google. We've seen the two companies go back and forth for a while now over Bing and Google Search, but this time, more information has come to light about an issue regarding a YouTube app for the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft believes it is being "dogged" by an issue that should have been resolved already.
"We continue to be dogged by an issue we had hoped would be resolved by now: Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone," Microsoft stated in an official blog post. Microsoft brought up this issue nearly two years ago with the European Commission and U.S. Federal Trade Commission but has yet to have this issue resolved. The problem is simple. Microsoft wants Windows Phone users to have a full-fledged YouTube app, which requires certain permissions that Google refuses to provide. However, Google has allowed iOS and Android to have these permissions and have the ability to have a full-fledged app. So for the time being, Microsoft has resorted to having a simple YouTube app on Windows Phone, which simply directs the user to the mobile YouTube site.
"Unfortunately, Google has refused to allow Microsoft’s new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do. As a result, Microsoft's YouTube 'app' on Windows Phones is basically just a browser displaying YouTube's mobile Web site, without the rich functionality offered on competing phones. Microsoft is ready to release a high quality YouTube app for Windows Phone. We just need permission to access YouTube in the way that other phones already do, permission Google has refused to provide," Microsoft stated.
Microsoft continues to add that Google users are being "Scroogled" across the web on a daily basis. In fact, Microsoft wants this issue resolved this year otherwise Google will be saying hello to antitrust enforcers. "Hopefully, Google will wake up to a New Year with a resolution to change its ways and start to conform with the antitrust laws. If not, then 2013 hopefully will be the year when antitrust enforcers display the resolve that Google continues to lack," Microsoft added. Let's see what Google has to say about this.