Google Blocks Microsoft's New YouTube Windows Phone App Again

Google Blocks Microsoft's New YouTube Windows Phone App Again

The very public strife between Google and Microsoft continues. Only a few days after Microsoft’s YouTube app showed back up for Windows Phone users, it’s again been blocked by Google for violating terms of use. And this is after Google and Microsoft worked together to create an updated application following a similar situation.

According to The Verge, which received a statement from Google, Microsoft has failed to make necessary upgrades to its browser to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, “and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service.” For now, the app has been disabled, despite the two allegedly collaborating on the upgraded app, which is based on HTML5.

“We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines,” a Google spokesperson said.

Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel David Howard responded with a blog post that alleges that Google is now making up reasons to block the app. “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.”

While Howard thinks Google’s actions are “impossible to overcome”, a spokesperson for Microsoft told The Verge that “We are working with them to resolve the issue.” Those rooting for the success of Microsoft and Windows Phone can only hope they do in fact resolve this issue – and soon. If Microsoft can’t cooperate with Google on this app, Microsoft may continue to face an upward battle in developing an ecosystem of apps that can not only attract users away from Android and Apple , but enough of them to actually make the Windows Phone platform a mainstream alternative.

Google claims the re-released YouTube app actually took the company by surprise, and immediately revoked the API key when it realized Microsoft had violated its Terms of Service. The YouTube-Windows Phone saga has lasted for far too long, yet the petty disagreements still persist. Hopefully Microsoft and Google can work something out soon because consumers are ultimately the ones being affected.

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Write by: RC - Friday, August 16, 2013

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