Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th May 2013 21:46 UTC
Google "Wired has obtained a copy of a cease and desist letter sent by Google to Microsoft today, demanding Microsoft immediately remove the YouTube app from its Windows Phone Store and disable existing copies on consumers' devices by May 22. The YouTube app for Windows Phone - developed by Microsoft not Google - strips out ads and allows downloading, both violations of YouTube's terms of service." Incredibly petty. Just come up with a solution, you bunch of kids.
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RE: Petty?
by Nelson on Wed 15th May 2013 22:02 UTC in reply to "Petty?"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

Microsoft has been being stonewalled by Google since 2010 for YouTube on Windows Phone.

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RE[2]: Petty?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 15th May 2013 22:25 in reply to "RE: Petty?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, Google hasn't been able to get xbox integration into its phones either. So ? Should Microsoft allow google to hack together a solution into Xbox Live because Microsoft won't create an app for android/chrome?

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RE[3]: Petty?
by Nelson on Wed 15th May 2013 22:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Petty?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.xle&hl=e...

written by Microsoft

http://support.xbox.com/en-US/apps/smartglass/install-smartglass-an...

written by Microsoft

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.Kinectim...

written by Microsoft


https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fingerfoodstudios......

written by Microsoft

That's in addition to Outlook, Skype, and SkyDrive, OneNote, Bing, Lync, and other major Microsoft services.

Lets not get confused, Microsoft has a lot of their major properties on iOS and Android in addition to Windows Phone.

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RE[2]: Petty?
by silviucc on Wed 15th May 2013 22:39 in reply to "RE: Petty?"
silviucc Member since:
2009-12-05

It's Google's call to stonewall or not. Their site, their content, their rules.

You know what? MS has been stonewalling Linux users and does not bother to release their Office suite for the mentioned OS. They had to be strong-armed to release documents so alternative suites could provide interop with MS Office. The same goes for Samba.

It's fine and dandy that they stonewall. Their software, their rules, however it feels crappy when the page turns, doesn't it? Maybe some day, MS will learn to play nice with the other kids. Until then, they should stop whining.

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RE[3]: Petty?
by ilovebeer on Thu 16th May 2013 04:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Petty?"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

It's Google's call to stonewall or not. Their site, their content, their rules.

You know what? MS has been stonewalling Linux users and does not bother to release their Office suite for the mentioned OS. They had to be strong-armed to release documents so alternative suites could provide interop with MS Office. The same goes for Samba.

What alternate reality do you live in where Microsoft is obligated to provide their Office suite, or any of their software for that matter, for those who run Linux? It's so stupid when Linux users cry about Microsoft not providing Linux application software. Maybe they should just be happy Microsoft is one of the top contributors to Linux.

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RE[2]: Petty?
by jockm on Wed 15th May 2013 22:42 in reply to "RE: Petty?"
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2012-12-22

And that sucks, but it also doesn't give MS the right to circumvent Google's TOS. It isn't like WP users can't access youtube, but that they have to do so though the browser.

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RE[3]: Petty?
by Nelson on Wed 15th May 2013 22:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Petty?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

No it doesn't, but Microsoft isn't exactly a saint. Big corporate spats like this really tends to break down the perceptions people have about their favorite companies.

Fortunately for me, OSNews never lets me forget how terrible M$ is/was ;) .

Part of me wants Microsoft to really play hardball (such as seeking injunctions against Motorola and killing them off completely) but the other half of me agrees with Thom and wants this stupidity resolved.

I think the story goes deeper than this, my understanding from watching I/O today and parsing Google's words is that they are happy to work with Microsoft on YouTube. They just want quid pro quo.

Microsoft must not be willing to open up one of their platforms in exchange, which is where all of this probably comes from.

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