Microsoft slams Google on 'proper' YouTube app

Jan 02, 2013
A man browses YouTube on his mobile phone on December 29, 2012. Microsoft stepped up its criticism of Google on antitrust grounds Wednesday, claiming the Internet giant refuses to allow Windows Phone users "proper access" to the YouTube video service.

Microsoft stepped up its criticism of Google on antitrust grounds Wednesday, claiming the Internet giant refuses to allow Windows Phone users "proper access" to the YouTube video service.

"Despite , Google continues to block Microsoft from offering its customers proper access to YouTube. This is an important issue because consumers value YouTube access on their phone," said Microsoft attorney Dave Heiner in a blog post.

"Google often says that the antitrust offenses with which it has been charged cause no harm to consumers. Google is wrong about that. In this instance, for example, Google's refusal deprives consumers who use competing platforms of a comparable experience in accessing content that is generally available on the Web."

The comments marked the latest flare-up between the two tech titans and came as US and EU antitrust watchdogs were seeking to conclude probes into Google's conduct. Some reports said US investigators were preparing to settle for a voluntary agreement from Google without court enforcement.

Google, which owns YouTube, said Microsoft was distorting the facts on mobile phone access.

"Contrary to Microsoft's claims, it's easy for consumers to view YouTube videos on Windows phones," a Google spokesperson said in response to an AFP query.

" users can access all the features of YouTube... In fact, we've worked with Microsoft for several years to help build a great YouTube experience on Windows phones."

Microsoft said it has raised its concerns both with the European Commission and the US , which are investigation potential abuses of by Google.

"You might think that Google would be on its best behavior given it's under the bright lights of regulatory scrutiny on two continents," Heiner said.

"However, as we enter 2013, that is not the case... 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 continues to lack."

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Walter_Mrak
2.8 / 5 (5) Jan 02, 2013
Such beautiful, poetic, mirror-like-reflecting justice denied to Netscape, et. al. in the late 90's and early 00's !

Time for Steve Balmer to prance around on stage yelling how he loves Microsoft; to death… and then to watch it justly happen.

Poor Suckers. They don't know yet that they only have money.

Glad I lived to see it!
LuckyBrandon
2.8 / 5 (5) Jan 02, 2013
actually if you paid any attention in the 90s, Microsoft was hit for antitrust violations just like Google is doing today (Apple too btw). The result was pretty public....

"They don't know yet that they only have money"

Out of curiosity, where do you think that money comes from? Business and consumers...quite the opposite of death...
evropej
3 / 5 (4) Jan 02, 2013
Now this is funny. On a serious note, google is getting scary. I see the end of google coming very soon, what they are doing is just insane.
gwrede
5 / 5 (2) Jan 03, 2013
Can this be about Youtube showing right in Microsoft phones, but Microsoft wanting to "embed" Youtube so that you only see the video itself? Thus robbing Youtube of ad revenue and other things on their page.
alfie_null
5 / 5 (1) Jan 03, 2013
Now this is funny. On a serious note, google is getting scary. I see the end of google coming very soon, what they are doing is just insane.

What is Google doing that is insane? Google doesn't particularly scare me.

A litmus test I could use regarding how easy it is to use some service is: how amenable it is to interfacing with open source applications. On that, Microsoft often fails miserably, while Google usually passes.
evropej
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 03, 2013
What is Google doing that is insane? Google doesn't particularly scare me.

A litmus test I could use regarding how easy it is to use some service is: how amenable it is to interfacing with open source applications. On that, Microsoft often fails miserably, while Google usually passes.


Google shopping no longer shows the best results, it shows the highest paid results. You tube tracks your searches and views by IP address. Google searches are stored by IP address and associated to a specific user. Advertising then is targeted at every page based on this information all over the web. Lets not even talk about phones and portable devices.

Google is no longer the Google we first got introduced to. Google now is GobleGoble.
PJS
not rated yet Jan 03, 2013
Google shopping no longer shows the best results, it shows the highest paid results.


Citation required for a claim like this.
VendicarD
3 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2013
Microsoft has no basis to complain.

Youtube streams it's video's via flash or HTML5.

If Microsoft can't manage to support these formats then too bad.
ValeriaT
not rated yet Jan 04, 2013
Google has enabled its own Android phones to access YouTube so that users can search for video categories, find favorites, see ratings, and so forth in the rich user interfaces offered by those phones. It's done the same thing for the iPhones offered by Apple, which doesn't offer a competing search service.

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. Now Microsoft is ready to release a high quality YouTube app for Windows Phone and it just need permission to access YouTube in the way that other phones already do, permission Google has already refused to provide."

Google: "Don't be evil"