As predicted: Google asks Microsoft to shut down new YouTube app

As predicted: Google asks Microsoft to shut down new YouTube app
Microsoft recently released a brand new YouTube app for Windows Phone. The app was a huge update and added a ton of features that WP users had been asking for. Unfortunately, it also added some features that Google expressly prohibits in its terms of service. We expected that this would come back to haunt Microsoft and it has. Google has asked that the new YouTube app be shut down.

As we mentioned before, the app from Microsoft was in direct violation of at least two terms of service. The app blocked ads on videos, and it allowed users to download videos directly to their devices. Additionally, Google has said that the app also violates another rule, because it allows users to watch videos that have been set by the publisher to only play on certain devices (ie. some videos are blocked on mobile.)

Google has sent Microsoft a cease and desist letter asking that the company "immediately withdraw this (YouTube) application from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing downloads of the application by Wednesday, May 22, 2013." The full letter is below, and as you would expect, it cites issues of content creator control, and revenue with the WP app.

*Update* Microsoft has responded to Google's cease and desist, saying, "We’d be more than happy to include advertising but need Google to provide us access to the necessary APIs." So, it looks like we're right back to the same old squabble between the two companies. 

  Google letter to Microsoft by Tom Warren

source: WMPU & The Verge



1. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Bull crap! It will hunt google in the end.

2. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012


13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


20. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Hunt? Haunt? That's what Microsoft does! It is being run by a group of monkeys since Bill Gates took off. As usual, Microsoft expected to get away with it by doing whatever it wants and disregarding any patent infringements during the development of its YouTube app. I hate bullies.

51. papss unregistered

I hate big brother watching everything I do so I guess we both hate things

138. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Bill gates busy with his 60 billion $.

128. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Both of them has to stop. Microsoft should not develop app that hack Google service by allowing user to skip the 5 second advertisement and violates copyright. Google should just make a you tube app for Windows Mobile. Save all this hassle.

42. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

What the hell is that Google?

121. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

good thing i downloaded the app already.

62. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

hell yea, hey google and ms shake your hand and make best friendship then we will happy and you both guys will happy, happy ending. Co'mon guys stay friendly so your customers will happy.

65. wendygarett unregistered

Shameless Microsoft, trying to play pirate game with Google... In order to crave some attention from public... Smh...


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Hahaha ROTFLMFAO GO GOOGLE,FTW. WP8 won't, and arnt allowed this. Yes really very good news. Me so happy*®

73. windroid unregistered

Me so happy with MS response. Makes Google look so stupid.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Look whose talking jealous wp8 fan, o don't be sad and cry. U must be in rage and in violent mode, take it easy, Android or else nothing...®

89. windroid unregistered

I already told you... I have and use and love my Android tablet. Is just a matter of a dirty game Google is doing, which is a shame for such a nice company. I used to love Google like I did with Apple until they start to play dirty. In response to the Android fan in rage for such a polite response.

124. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Yeah, because if anyone violates Microsoft's terms and conditions they laugh it off, right? Google's terms and conditions were in place before this app was created. MS knew they were breaking said terms and went ahead anyway. If the situation were reversed you'd be calling for Google's head on a pike.

132. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Microsoft is "more than happy" to follow the guidelines...they just need Google to provide the proper tools and necessary it comes right back to Google

3. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

No surprises here. Microsoft can't expect to get away when they released an app without permission from google AND Microsoft removed ads from Youtube which can hurt Google's income. Edit: also having the ability to download videos doesn't help Youtube (and Youtube Partners).

9. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't AdBlock which you can get on Android, Firefox, and Chrome all remove the ads? If so, wouldn't that hurt Google's income? In fact, wouldn't it hurt Google's income even more considering Android's market share in the first quarter was above 70%, of which if even 10% use AdBlock, that would total all WP8 users in the U.S.? And hey, if you don't want Microsoft to circumvent your authority, why not either provide the app yourself or at least provide the ability for Microsoft to make their own? Yeah, something tells me ad revenue wasn't their only motive. This is, in layman's terms, plain and simple c***blocking.

14. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Adblock for Android has been removed if you didn't know. You do have a point about chrome, Adblock exists there. I'm not saying Microsoft shouldn't make a Youtube App, they should have not allowed users to download videos on Youtube and get rid of ads. Adding these certainly helps the user but it is not good for Google.

22. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Thanks for that info and no I did not know that; I'm not an Android user currently. I have no qualms in saying that Microsoft should not be enabling features that can hurt the content creators of YouTube. Google has every right to ask Microsoft to take it down for that reason. My only point is that Google is seemingly doing a lot to inhibit WP8 from having even a serviceable YouTube app.

37. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Microsoft & Nokia will eventually sue a few Android OEM's into bankruptcy, and then Google will end up wanting to play more friendly ;o)

60. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Play friendlier?, you must be New to the world of smart phone and lawsuit, because if you wasn't, you would know the only companies who's not trying to play friendly is your beloved Microsoft and Apple!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

YouTube is only exclusive to his and android, ms wp is not available, and shouldn't be...®

155. znellu

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

You are a waste in the this tech world Troll. I have been reading articles in this website for quite a long time now. All your comments in the articles look so childish and ridiculous. Just look at them yourself. Such stupid statements. Even Android users don't like what you say. Pathetic... :|

111. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

You know those android OEMs also sell windows phone devices? And most of them already have agreements with them?

129. jromy

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

how is that a good thing?

104. EspHack

Posts: 70; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

so microsoft should care about what is good for google?

105. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Why the F&*^ should users be prevented from downloading videos appearing on youtube?? Google does not own the videos; What it does have is an agreement with the producer/owner of the video to use it exclusively on youtube.

4. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

OK MS Fix it and lets keep going.

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