Microsoft’s ActiveSync is not the only problem Microsoft has with Google YouTube, as “Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone.”" – Dave Heiner, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft
Microsoft has had gripe with Google’s dominance for quite some time now. The accusation by Microsoft that Google’s YouTube has not been playing fairly with them date back quite a while now, as the video from 1 year ago reports. A report from Microsoft in 2011 is quoted as saying that “Google has refused to allow Microsoft’s new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do. As a result, Microsoft’s YouTube “app” on Windows Phones is basically just a browser displaying YouTube’s mobile Web site, without the rich functionality offered on competing phones. Microsoft is ready to release a high quality YouTube app for Windows Phone. We just need permission to access YouTube in the way that other phones already do, permission Google has refused to provide“. That was written in 2011 by Brad Smith, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation.
The fight moves on for Microsoft, even still in 2013 Microsoft attorney pushes forward with the lingering Google / Microsoft issues. Dave Heiner, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft recently published a similar article recently reiterating nearly the same sentiments written about in 2001, but in 2013 the tone has a much deeper anti-trust issue.
Microsoft is currently playing heavily on Google’s anti-trust cases around the globe. The larger the search giant gets, the easier this becomes of course. In the most recent Microsoft article smashing on Google, Mr. Heiner asserts that “You might think that Google would be on its best behavior given it’s under the bright lights of regulatory scrutiny on two continents.”
The problem get even deeper an solid between the Mircosoft and Google at the moment because according to Microsoft, Google still won’t give Windows Phone users “the same access to YouTube that Android and Apple customers enjoy“. This still, even though for the last 2 years YouTube has supposedly been working to integrate Microsoft’s request. A major issue has seemed to finally raise its head though as just last month YouTube told Microsoft that Sr. Execs (undisclosed names) at Google told YouTube not to enable a 1st Class YouTube experience on Windows Phones.