19 August 2013

Microsoft on the Issues: “The limits of Google’s openness”

We know that this has been frustrating, to say the least, for our customers. We have always had one goal: to provide our users a YouTube experience on Windows Phone that’s on par with the YouTube experience available to Android and iPhone users. Google’s objections to our app are not only inconsistent with Google’s own commitment of openness, but also involve requirements for a Windows Phone app that it doesn’t impose on its own platform or Apple’s (both of which use Google as the default search engine, of course). David Howard

It’s hard to understand ’s behavior on this issue: on one hand they announced several times they have no intention of developing apps for Windows Phone, on the other they are preventing Microsoft from building an app of their own, while allowing third party apps that don’t follow the same rules that Microsoft supposedly breaks. If Windows Phone is such an insignificant platform, why go to all that trouble to block it? In any case, given the position of the author (Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Antitrust), I’m sure this won’t be the last we hear of this…

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