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[3]: Petty?
by Nelson on Wed 15th May 2013 22:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Petty?"
Nelson
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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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RE[4]: Petty?
by JAlexoid on Thu 16th May 2013 17:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Petty?"
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2009-05-19

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


Google can live without presence on WP, so they are definitely asking for a lot of concessions from Microsoft. While Google cannot rationalise lack of an app for XBox, so they allowed that one in.

Simple as that - Microsoft is thinking that WP is a golden calf, but they really need to bring more chips to the table to play with the big boys.

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