Google might be one of the best companies to work at, but it seems like it certainly isn’t any good a competitor to work with. Well, according to Microsoft atleast. If you haven’t been following the drama around the YouTube app on Windows Phone, let us give you a quick recap. Microsoft released a YouTube app on Windows Phone in May that provided an experience comparable to its counterpart on iOS and Android. Later, Google raised objections about the app. later Microsoft released version 3.0 that disabled video downloads, but even that was pulled down from the store due to Google raising objections. Only this week, Microsoft again released an updated version of the app which was believed to adhere to Google’s policies that were violated earlier. However, Google again had an objection with the app and it was crippled by the company.
Now Micrososft has come out in the open to shed some light on the matter. In a post on TechNet (Microsoft’s blog on company’s legal and public policy), David Howard, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Antitrust, Microsoft, says, “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).” He further said,
“We enabled Google’s advertisements, disabled video downloads and eliminated the ability for users to view reserved videos. We did this all at no cost to Google, which one would think would want a YouTube app on Windows Phone that would only serve to bring Google new users and additional revenue.
There was one sticking point in the collaboration. Google asked us to transition our app to a new coding language – HTML5. This was an odd request since neither YouTube’s iPhone app nor its Android app are built on HTML5. Nevertheless, we dedicated significant engineering resources to examine the possibility. At the end of the day, experts from both companies recognized 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.”
“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. The roadblocks Google has set up are impossible to overcome, and they know it.”
He also says that Google has a problem with the branding of the app, however, it never reacted on the matter when the app was still below version 2.0 for more than an year.
It is clear that Microsoft is launching a full scale PR attack on Google. The next thing we know, Microsoft could move to the court against Google for the same reasons that Microsoft has been there before plenty of time.
We’re still to hear Google’s side of the tale, but from what we can infer, it does seem like Google is intentionally playing unfair to give Android and iOS an advantage over Windows Phone. Well, that isn’t the best way to do business, if you ask us.