The Google vs Microsoft Saga continues. Earlier this week the YouTube app returned after the two companies supposedly collaborated to get it done. The next day Google blocked the app, claiming Microsoft did not follow the terms of service. Finally Microsoft has released a statement on the situation, and they are not holding back.
“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.”
Those strong words are from David Howard, deputy general counsel at Microsoft. Unfortunately it seems that the situation really is as petty as everyone thought. Google is just creating stipulations to prevent Microsoft from ever having a decent YouTube app on Windows Phone. Microsoft is jumping through hoops, and Google keeps pulling them away.
Google wants to create an HTML 5 app for YouTube on Windows Phone, but this (once again) makes no sense. The Android and iOS apps don’t rely on HTML 5, and the app Microsoft already made works perfectly fine. Microsoft and Google are both being childish, and consumers are the ones that really lose.