Microsoft: Google Is Stopping Us To Build YouTube For Windows Phone

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s deputy general counsel, Dave Heiner, blames Google for an anti-competitive behavior when Google took two years to get a proper YouTube app working on Microsoft Windows smartphones.

Microsoft: Google Is Stopping Us To Build YouTube For Windows Phone

On Microsoft’s public blog today, Dave Heiner pointed fingers at Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) for facing technical obstacles in building the app for video streaming on his company’s device, owing to YouTube’s delayed support for its mobile platform.

Google, on the other hand, prefers to control every aspect of its app building and believes that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) might not provide the web giant full access to their systems,  which it requires to work on the app.

Regardless of Google’s standpoint on the matter, Microsoft says that:

“Microsoft has continued to engage with YouTube personnel over the past two years to remedy this problem for consumers. As you might expect, it appears that YouTube itself would like all customers – on Windows Phone as on any other device – to have a great YouTube experience. But just last month we learned from YouTube that senior executives at Google told them not to enable a first-class YouTube experience on Windows Phones.”

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been trying for many years to get a proper YouTube app on its mobile platform, but Youtube has prevented the company from using the same features and functionality to iOS and Android users available on its platform.

Techcrunch analyzes that YouTube  wanting to keeping every app experience within its territory, will not be able keep all controls to itself, should it allow Microsoft to build its own app for its users.

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), however, contradict Microsoft’s explanation that its  “easy for consumers to view YouTube videos on Windows phones. Windows phone users can access all the features of YouTube through our HTML5-based mobile website, including viewing high-quality video streams, finding favorite videos, seeing video ratings, and searching for video categories. In fact, we’ve worked with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for several years to help build a great YouTube experience on Windows phones.”

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is expected to settle today with the FTC. The company had been accused of widespread monopolistic abuse.

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