Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Aug 2013 16:10 UTC
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In the past two months, Microsoft and Google have been bickering over one central issue: HTML5. The Verge has learned that Google is forcing Microsoft to build its YouTube Windows Phone app in HTML5, despite its own Android and iOS versions using superior native code. Although Microsoft has offered to build ad support along with making other tweaks as Google has requested, a full HTML5 app isn't currently possible on the platform.

The difficult thing here is that Google actually has a very good case; it's their API, their service, their rules. On top of that, YouTube publishers - big and small - need to earn money from advertisements too, and incorrect implementations make that harder. Microsoft's mafia practices regarding patents, extorting companies to pay for Android use even though Microsoft has contributed zero code to Android plays a role too. Lastly, Windows Phone is essentially irrelevant with 3% market share - it's not as if Microsoft ever concerned itself with minority platforms.

Still, all this does is hurt consumers, no matter how few Windows Phone users there are. Just work this out, please, you bunch of children.

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by TemporalBeing on Fri 16th Aug 2013 17:46 UTC in reply to "..."
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Well, I feel disgusted how bad behavior gets condoned, because Google could also apply the same practice to other phones under the 3% market like the SailFish or UbuntuEdge.

But are those platforms advertising and marketing YouTube apps? Or do they just happen to implement enough of the browser to support the YouTube website?

My guess is they don't have a YouTube app - just a browser that supports well enough for use; probably a browser based on WebKit at that so they probably do implement everything Google is saying MS is not implementing.

It's really not that difficult. MS is just that pigheaded.

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