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 zadintuvas on Fri 16th Aug 2013 17:47 UTC
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I think that Google wants to retain control over YouTube. Obviously, it's very hard to do that if you don't make the app yourself. Now, Microsoft built their own app and called it "YouTube". This way Google can not make any changes without asking Microsoft.

If there's already an official HTML/JavaScript API available for everyone and it does not interfere with Google’s ability to make changes to their services, Microsoft should just use it instead of complaining.

Microsoft has built their own Xbox Music app entirely in HTML5. And they promote HTML5 as one of two ways to make Windows8/RT apps. I am surprised if they don't have this capability in Windows Phone 8.

YouTube has agreements with publishers which require them to display ads/compensate for their content. Also they need to ensure that any other restrictions (like, not allowing video on mobiles) are honored. Those are serious obligations and if some 3rd party comes with an app which violates them and potentially causes you problems, would anyone trust them again? Google is offering a way which would let them retain control.

Edited 2013-08-16 17:49 UTC

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