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[5]: The nuclear option
by tylerdurden on Sat 17th Aug 2013 21:17 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: The nuclear option"
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You're correct with regards to Microsoft's position with the Exchange ecosystem. They basically own that business space. In fact, out of the top of my head I can't think of any medium or large business organization which either does not depend on exchange or deploys it profusely. In the US at least.

But I personally don't think google is interested in the large/medium business front/back office space, at least not yet. Office/Exchange is just too entrenched still. The consumer/small ass business space however is where MS can be eroded, and there's where google are gunning for. All google basically wants is pairs of eye balls to serve ads to, their business model is way different than Microsoft's (e.g. google are not as dependent on direct sales to consumers/organizations as their principal source of revenue)

Edited 2013-08-17 21:23 UTC

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