Yesterday, after Google banned the YouTube app for Windows Phone, Microsoft representatives were relatively tight-lipped about the obvious tech giant junk-measuring contest that was going down. The application, which Google claimed still violated their terms of service, was only on the Windows Phone marketplace for two days before Google allegedly pulled Microsoft’s API key taking away much of their backend code.
While Microsoft at first only issued this statement: “Google is blocking our updated YouTube app for Windows Phone… We are working with them to resolve the issue,” later in the day a Microsoft lawyer posted a scathing response to Google on Microsoft’s blog.
The post is a doozy and is certainly worth a read, but if you are crunched for time, here are some notable bits:
Microsoft lawyer David Howard launches into Google almost immediately writing, “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.”
Howard also explains that Google has pulled down the app due to it not serving ads based on various creators’ specified conditions. However, Howards writes that Microsoft would fix the issue if only Google cooperated with them. “So far at least, Google has refused to give this information to us. We are quite confident that we can solve this issue if Google cooperates, but fixing Google’s concern here is entirely within Google’s control. If Google stops blocking our app, we are happy to work with them on this, entirely at Microsoft’s expense.” writes Howard.
Most damning, however, is Howard’s brutal take on why exactly Google is blocking the app: “We think it’s clear that Google just doesn’t want Windows Phone users to have the same experience as Android and Apple users, and that their objections are nothing other than excuses.”
Good lord, call in the burn unit.
You can check out the full letter after the jump.