It came out in the news yesterday that Microsoft, not wanting to give into Google’s legal threats, was unwilling to remove the YouTube application from the Windows Phones Store. The application, which had pre-roll ads removed and gave users the ability to download videos, allegedly violated Google’s terms of service.
Google sent Microsoft a cease and desist letter earlier in the month that demanded the app be removed from the Windows Phones Store by May 22, 2013.
Firing back, Microsoft issued a statement, which claimed that Google refused to help build the app and were not in any place to level threats. A portion of the statement reads: “We’d be more than happy to include advertising but need Google to provide us access to the necessary APIs.”
As of 1 p.m. PT on May 22, Microsoft has since issued an updated YouTube application that no longer allows users to download videos, but still doesn’t play ads.
Regarding the fact that Google continually refuses to help Microsoft develop a YouTube application, it seems not at all in Google’s favor to continue this tech slug fest. By drawing a line in the sand that says “we won’t help you,” Google is in so many ways making it clear that Microsoft phones are not worth their time. However, when Microsoft dares defy Google, all hell breaks loose. It makes Google seem petty and arrogant to no end.
In a statement sent to ZDNet, a Microsoft spokesperson explained:
“Microsoft updated the Windows Phone YouTube app to address the restricted video and offline video access concerns voiced by Google last week. We have been in contact with Google and continue to believe that our two companies can work together to hone an app that benefits our mutual customers, partners and content providers.”
The loss of download capability will only apply if Windows Phone users run the update on their existing applications. Seeing as the update only takes away functionality, I doubt anyone is going to be clamoring for this new version.