Published on August 19th, 2013 | by Patrick Doyle


Microsoft Rows With Google Over YouTube App

Microsoft’s lawyer David Howard has accused Google of being limted in its openness regarding the YouTube App on Windows Phone 7 devices. Google has blocked the app, which is made by Microsoft, from accessing video content because it’s not made using the HTML5 protocol. Howard claims that the same restrictions don’t apply to other platforms, including Google’s Android OS, where YouTube apps are built by Google’s YouTube division and not forced to be built on HTML5.

“It seems to us that Google’s reasons for blocking our app are manufactured so that we can’t give our users the same experience Android and iPhone users are getting”, wrote Howard.

“Google’s objections to our app are not only inconsistent with Google’s own commitment of openness, but also involve requirements for a Windows Phone app that it doesn’t impose on its own platform or Apple’s (both of which use Google as the default search engine, of course).”

Google have stood by their request, saying that Windows Phone 7’s app violates their terms of service: “We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines.”

Microsoft has been working with Google on making a HTML5 version of the app but Howard says that it will require significant resources to do it.

“At the end of the day, experts from both companies recognised that building a YouTube app based on HTML5 would be technically difficult and time-consuming, which is why we assume YouTube has not yet made the conversion for its iPhone and Android apps.”


SOURCE: Technet Blog

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