Google Executives Told YouTube Developers To Block First-Class Experience On Windows Phone?

By Vamien McKalin email: v.mckalin@mobilenapps.com | Jan 07, 2013 01:55 PM EST

Credit: Silicon Beach Training
Credit: Silicon Beach Training

Google is up to its old tricks again, this time the company is plotting the downfall of Windows Phone by way of YouTube. Google's motto is "Don't Be Evil", whatever happened to that?

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Microsoft voiced concerns over Google's unlawful business practices that block Windows Phone users from having the complete YouTube experience. It is understandable that competition between both Microsoft and Google is fierce; however, consumers should not suffer because of the differences.

Recently, Microsoft blogged about Google blocking full YouTube access to Windows Phone, along with making a bold statement that Google executives told YouTube developers not to enable first class experience for Windows Phone. If this is true and Microsoft is able to prove it, Google could be in for some serious backlash from the Federal Trade Commission.

"Despite government scrutiny, Google continues to block Microsoft from offering its customers proper access to YouTube. This is an important issue because consumers value YouTube access on their phone: YouTube apps on the Android and Apple platforms were two of the most downloaded mobile applications in 2012, according to recent news reports. Yet Google still refuses to allow Windows Phone users to have the same access to YouTube that Android and Apple customers enjoy. 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," noted Dave Heiner, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft in a blog post.

Back in late 2012, Google announced that it would be dropping support for Microsoft ActiveSync, a move that would cripple Gmail and Google Calendar on all Windows based devices.

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