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: Why insist on HTML5?
by BallmerKnowsBest on Mon 19th Aug 2013 16:11 UTC in reply to "Why insist on HTML5?"
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Does anybody know why Google is insisting that the Microsoft Youtube app be built using HTML5?

Why do you even bother trying to pretend that that's a sincere question? Anyone who's the least bit familiar with your posting history knows that you've already come to a conclusion that you desperately want to share, so you try make it look like your conclusion comes out naturally as part of a discussion.

It's pathetically obvious that your "question" is nothing more than a pretense - so that when you inevitably do hop on your soapbox and trot out your favorite dead horse* yet again, you can play dumb and pretend that wasn't your goal all along.

*"OMG advertising company OMG!"

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