Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:38 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's legal chief: "We continue to be dogged by an issue we had hoped would be resolved by now: Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone." Utter nonsense, since MetroTube offers a complete and full YouTube experience on Windows Phone (it's one of the best Windows Phone applications), and YouTube+ on Windows 8. Two fantastically rich applications, built by small ISVs - yet Microsoft can't do the same? Don't make me laugh. Coincidentally, Microsoft is also whining some more about Google's removal of ActiveSync - Redmond again refuses to acknowledge that all it needs to do is implement the open standards CalDAV and CardDAV, just like everyone else has done. Times have changed, Ballmer. You don't get to dictate the industry anymore.
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RE[2]: Fair is fair...
by galvanash on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 03:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Fair is fair..."
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MetroTube guys pulled it because Hiding/Unhiding in the Store is an instant process. They wanted to shield themselves as much as possible from the influx of new users and bad ratings/reviews. Windows Phone Store is cutthroat when it comes to reviews. Either it works perfectly or you're 1 starred into irrelevancy.

Maybe... I'm just going by what they told their users - which was that Google did not offer supported APIs for their intended feature set.

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RE[3]: Fair is fair...
by Nelson on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 04:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Fair is fair..."
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iirc, they do it every time Google changes something. Its unfortunate.

I think the biggest takeaway from this story are the dangers of closed data. Especially if you're a big service. Your data should be open to all clients, and all devices to use.

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