Microsoft says Windows Phone 7 YouTube client fails thanks to Google

Microsoft says Windows Phone 7 YouTube client fails thanks to Google
Microsoft already has a spat going with Google relating to YouTube. The Redmond based software company is working with the EU's anitrust investigation against Google that claims that the latter company has failed to give competing search engines information for indexing YouTube videos. But Microsoft now has another beef with the Mountain View based company relating to the video sharing site.

Microsoft is complaining that Google will not give them the data needed for YouTube to function on Windows Phone 7 phones as well as it does on Android and iOS devices. Both of those platforms contain the data that Windows Phone 7 has not received. The data enables Android and iOS users to browse videos by different categories, seek favorite videos and look for viewer ratings.

As a result of being unable to obtain the information from Google, the YouTube app on Windows Phone 7 merely re-directs the user to the mobile YouTube site. Micosoft says it is ready to release a YouTube client that is high quality like the Android and iOS versions, and all that it needs is permission from Google to allow Windows Phone 7 handsets to access YouTube like the other platforms do. So far, Google has not provided Microsoft with this permission.

In just 5 short years, we have gone from, "maybe the biggest surprise is finding YouTube on your phone," to expecting to see a YouTube client on any decent smartphone.

source: Microsoft via Gizmodo

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10 Comments

1. Payback unregistered

Payback is a bitch isn't it Microsoft. Maybe you all should learn to play better with others before pointing the finger. Who's that your suing now? What proprietary format are you pushing today? MS. . . F' OFF!

11. Henripple unregistered

I forgot to hit the Reply-button when I posted my comment far below, so I'm hitting it now instead, sadly doing a little double-posting. But here goes: You guys obviously don't care to get the full story, neither did the article author. If you move along to read the source article (at Microsoft), you'll see that lawsuit has very little to do with a YouTube app - and much more to do with foul play from Google's side in the search engine war. The YouTube app is only mentioned once, while there are a lot more sections explaining how Google actively blocks out competition through unfair monopoly methods. So shut the F about Microsoft being oh so evil and go do some reading instead? Their lawsuit is very beneficial for us end users, the consumers, so you would rather be supporting Microsoft in this question rather than childishly bashing them in lack of knowledge. Thanks

2. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

true, MS got what's coming to them, but they've been good lately. Google seems to be the one that is screwing people over these days.

5. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

I wouldn't be surprised if MS is just assuming the Google didn't give them the data they need for their youtube app. WP7 is the newest phone OS, of course there's going to be glitches and it's totally possible that the data that's compatible with iOS and Android isn't compatible with WP7.

6. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

And what about the HTC YouTube app? Maybe they should just subcontract that part to them since HTC seems to be getting it done just fine.

7. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Shallow move, but smart strategic moves from Google. Purely business. It shows that Google fears MS in the smartphone industry. Android does not want to lose the heat it has to WP7. It's a cheap-shot and it works out poorly for consumers. Restricting features in technology will only hold it back from continuing to grow at its full potential.

10. Henripple unregistered

You guys obviously don't care to get the full story, neither did the article author. If you move along to read the source article (at Microsoft), you'll see that lawsuit has very little to do with a YouTube app - and much more to do with foul play from Google's side in the search engine war. The YouTube app is only mentioned once, while there are a lot more sections explaining how Google actively blocks out competition through unfair monopoly methods. So shut the F about Microsoft being oh so evil and go do some reading instead? Their lawsuit is very beneficial for us end users, the consumers, so you would rather be supporting Microsoft in this question rather than childishly bashing them in lack of knowledge.

12. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

It is a business matter if Microsoft wanted Youtube in their OS Microsoft must pay Google.

14. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Not if Google didn;t make iOS pay...

13. Sobreiro unregistered

Google should give everyone their data. if they are really the best company in these days they dont have what to be affraid of. Offcourse WP7 is a seriuos concurrent and they wont give MS a chance. If they can, they will block the data. Again, it is not related only to youtube. Google is the biggest search company so it has much to block. about Apples i-phone get what ms dont.. They are not really a strong competitor to googles android as wp7 is.

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