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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RE[3]: The nuclear option
by lemur2 on Sat 17th Aug 2013 13:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The nuclear option"
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Microsoft is so absolutely engrained in the enterprise (drivel redacted) that they have significantly more leverage than Google does here. They'd kill GApps for Business over night.

This is precisely the kind of "Microsoft way or be dammed" attitude that sane businesses should fervently seek to avoid.

Certainly if any IT person expressed such an attitude to me I would be utterly keen to make sure they were not part of my IT staff.

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