Google Blocks YouTube App For Windows Against Its Limits Of Openness

Posted: Aug 16 2013, 4:19am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Google Blocks YouTube App for Windows Against its Limits of Openness

Google has again blocked the YouTube app for Windows Phone. Its rejection has left the execs at Microsoft in a state of chagrin. Microsoft reveals that is shows full commitment to the limits of Google's openness for YouTube app. However, Microsoft is ready to cooperate with Google to solve their legitimate concerns.

According to Microsoft, it is a source of extreme frustration for its clientele. After Google disabled the YouTube app for Windows due to reasons of policy violation, Microsoft is literally left in a lurch. The explanation from Google is that the rules and regulations had been transgressed. The necessity of the app being on HTML5 was ignored by Microsoft and so this drastic step had to be taken. Then there is the question of branding which was another objection. Google furthermore thinks that the app version is a degraded experience.

Google spokesperson told The Verge, "Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service. It has been disabled. We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines."

Microsoft considers these to be nothing but excuses. YouTube has asked for Microsoft to stick to the guidelines that others follow if it wants to have its way. Meanwhile, Microsoft is doing what it can to resolve the issue peacefully.

This bone of contention between Google and Microsoft has led to a scuffle before. But it was amicably resolved. Now differences have flared up again. And all because of a coding issue that is HTML5. The re-release of Microsoft’s app still breached the Terms of Service that had been set up by Google. Thus this act shows that Google is not as open a platform as it purports itself to be.

Microsoft's Corporate VP Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Antitrust, David Howard officially responds via a blog post titled "The limits of Google's openness." He said, "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 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 has a few gripes that it blames on Microsoft. There is the matter of advertisements shown by the app. Then there is the name “YouTube” applied on the app. Microsoft meanwhile has objected on the grounds that iOS and Android are being let off easily while Windows Phone is facing the full onslaught of this injustice.

Howard also blames Google 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. The roadblocks Google has set up are impossible to overcome, and they know it." He also said that Microsoft clearly knows now 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. In the meantime, we once again request that Google stop blocking our YouTube app."

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