It’s always fun when two tech giants slug it out, and Google and Microsoft are putting on quite a show. Google sent Microsoft a cease and desist letter recently that demanded the software company remove their YouTube application from the Windows Phones Store.
The app in question is currently stripped of all ads and allows users to download YouTube videos, which for Google is a massive terms of service violation. And as we all know, Google does not mess around when it comes to their TOS.
The cease and desist letter required Microsoft to remove the app from the store no later than May 22.
Just as the deadline was closing in rapidly, Microsoft reached out to Wired with the following statement/public shaming:
“YouTube is consistently one of the top apps downloaded by smartphone users on all platforms, but Google has refused to work with us to develop an app on par with other platforms. Since we updated the YouTube app to ensure our mutual customers a similar YouTube experience, ratings and feedback have been overwhelmingly positive. We’d be more than happy to include advertising but need Google to provide us access to the necessary APIs. In light of Larry Page’s comments calling for more interoperability and less negativity, we look forward to solving this matter together for our mutual customers.”
As of now, there is no sign of Microsoft removing the application. We’ll update this story as soon as that deadline rolls around.