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Microsoft claims Google executives forced YouTube to not deliver a better Windows Phone experience

News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday January 02, 2013.

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Since 2010, Microsoft has lobbed accusations at Google that the search company has been anticompetitive by preventing the creation of a better YouTube app for Windows Phone. Microsoft today claims that YouTube employees it has spoken to admit that senior Google executives told them to not build a proper Windows Phone app.

In a broad post about regulator investigations of Google in Europe and the U.S., Microsoft claims that Google has purposely prevented Microsoft from delivering a YouTube app for Windows Phone that would have the same feature set as the Android and Apple iOS versions of the video-sharing site. That's not a new allegation, but Microsoft has added the following claim to back-up its longstanding suspicion:

"Microsoft has continued to engage with YouTube personnel over the past two years to remedy this problem for consumers. As you might expect, it appears that YouTube itself would like all customers - on Windows Phone as on any other device - to have a great YouTube experience. But just last month we learned from YouTube that senior executives at Google told them not to enable a first-class YouTube experience on Windows Phones."

Though Microsoft paints this as anticompetitive behavior, Google might argue that it's instructions to YouTube were simply based on allocating resources to Android and iOS, which have much higher user bases compared to Windows Phone. Google has said recently that it has "no plans to build out Windows apps" because of a perceived lack of users. However, Microsoft alleges that the company prevents its subsidiary from investing time to build a product it otherwise would had it not been for Google's interference.

YouTube is the third-most visited website in the U.S., according to Experian, and an increasing number of visits to the website are on mobile devices. Microsoft's claim that Google is not only blocking its mobile users from getting an attractive experience through an official app, but also blocking others from developing their own solutions with Google's permission. Microsoft has pushed for regulators to investigate Google for these and other reasons, but the company's lobbying has not resulted in any punishment or a change in Google's practices. For now, Windows Phone users eager to view YouTube videos will have to rely on the mobile website or third-party app MetroTube.

source: Microsoft, via: WMP

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