Microsoft responds to WP YouTube block, unleashes on Google

Microsoft responds to WP YouTube block, unleashes on Google
A couple days ago, Microsoft released a new YouTube app for Windows Phone; and today, Google shut it down again. If you're thinking this all sound familiar, you are right. We seem to be stuck in a terrible loop where the same thing happens over and over. Microsoft makes a YouTube app; Google shuts it down; Google says it violates Terms of Service; and, Microsoft blames Google.

We're relatively sure that this silly dance is going to keep happening, no matter how annoying it is, or how much it angers Windows Phone users. Earlier today, Google admitted that it had blocked the new YouTube app, but didn't give much info as to why. Google said that the browser wasn't upgraded to standards, and the app still violated terms of use. 

Now, Microsoft is firing back, and not surprisingly, it is blaming Google for the whole mess:

It seems that this time around, Microsoft is taking off the gloves. Microsoft has erred on the side of diplomacy before, but this time around, the company is blatantly calling out Google, who has yet to respond. It looks like this is the answer to our question earlier of why Microsoft would release an app that would get blocked: it wanted the excuse to unleash this response on Google. 

Nicely played, Microsoft.

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138 Comments

1. shnibz

Posts: 517; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Truth. Google doesn't want them to have YouTube so people will buy android.

3. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

so the whole speech by larry page at Google I/O was nothing. he is providing just the same inconvenience to people that apple provides by getting phones banned. and he criticized other company for this act. what a hypocrite

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

iOS something has a better experience than Android itself depending which platform get updated first. M$ has been suing Google in every possible ways and if i am google i will also want M$ to stop before i start to work with them. ->http://www.groklaw.net/ Remember Apple sued Samsung and never dare to bring Google directly into the picture.

61. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

As a customer who likes competition, I'd like to say F**k you google. This is not right.

70. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Agree, ms have made their apps on android so why not android make apps for ms.

75. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

actually it took 4 years for us to have a decent outlook client

79. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

which by the way wasn't working all day yesterday (in Canada, atleast) :P

95. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

was it blocked by MS for 4 yars or wasnt good as u expect it to be

117. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

There was no app, MS just recently build it, you would hve needed a workaround..... And MSN messenger never got an app

134. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

MSN messenger died years ago :\

138. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

MSN messenger was not dead when android was gaining traction

7. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

^THIS!^

104. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Well to be honest..youtube is google's product..if they want they shouldnt even be providing it on any other platform other than android..its like what bbm is to blackberry..or various ios products(safari,imessage,siri) is to apple..the only reason a youtube app is there on ios is just cuz there r 2 many ppl using iphone/ipad(customers to google)..thats the reason y microsoft provides its app for ios and android..they dont do that for google..but wp doesnt have that many users that google wud care plus MS did a lot of harm to google in the past..so Google is returning the favour as they should

125. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Google is an advertising company. The more people their advertisements reach, the happier their customers are. So your point is moot.

130. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Yeah I agree with u and same can be said about bbm(paid membership),etc but its totally their choice who they want to advertise to,,lol,,its their business,they ll handle it the way they like.its nobodies right to just have it...like I said MS did some harm to google in the past,,and google is taking revenge on them now,,,ppl will keep walking away from wp to other platforms(increased probability for android and losses for MS,,,two birds with a stone) due to lack of apps(youtube just adds to the list but its still a big deal).. Just because u don't understand or agree with my comment doesn't make it moot.

24. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle Corporation, has strongly hinted that Google is guilty of deliberate intellectual property theft. His company is currently locked in a legal battle with Google, and Ellison maintains that the online search giant used an Oracle programming language without permission. "We don't compete with Google. We don't do anything Google does. We just think they took our stuff and that was wrong." said Ellison during an interview hosted by Charlie Rose of CBS News. If Ellison's comments are to be believed, then it should probably not come as any great surprise that Google also appears to be guilty of attempting to block Windows Phone users from having access to youtube videos. It also suggests that Google's corporate motto "don't be evil" is nothing but a hypocritical joke.

41. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

What fight is Oracle in with Google? They (Oracle) lost big time on the alleged infringement of Java patents. So, what new fight are you referring to?

83. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

You never really lose until you give up, and there are such things as legal appeals ;o)

132. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Tell that to Samsung. BTW, I haven't heard where Google has been banned from using Java (which would have been a big win for Oracle). Do you know something the rest of us don't?

51. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

know what you are talking about before opening hole on face

126. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Dude are you seriously referencing Larry Ellison. This is the guy who bought Sun strictly for the chance to sue Google for using Android. He played the lottery and lost.

133. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Uh...that case has been over for awhile, with Oracle having to pay Google legal fees.....since Oracle lost....big time. ?

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Now people are starting to see the subtle yet noticeable evil of Google.

66. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes Google may be evil but Apple and M$ are worse. Apple tried to use litigation against Android with no noticeable damage. That does no mean they would stop. M$ had a long history of destroying competition with under hand tactics and been branded monopolistic years ago. Google went thru the same trial but won it. So Google being evil to some haters or what?

109. willard12 unregistered

You're right. Google should be fair and less evil and remove their apps from iOS also.

36. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Their "do no evil" motto has been dead for a while now.

45. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

They want us to have, those horrible 5min ads.. lol, proTube is better anyways..

63. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

google showing ego that apple previously used

68. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Have you played with the windows phone? Personally I wouldnt buy it. Their marketplace, in my opinion, is crap.

69. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Only one thing can solve the problem just shutdown the YouTube damn it.

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