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 kaiwai on Wed 15th May 2013 23:32 UTC in reply to "Petty?"
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Um if MS is violating Google's TOS then I don't think I would call it petty. And isn't the solution for MS to either negotiate with Google for an exemption or to conform to the TOS?

This seems like a real issue to me. You might think adblocking and downloading should be allowed, and that is a subject for debate, but they are still things Google expressly forbids.

It is petty because all this could have been avoided had Google actually just stepped up and provided an official YouTube application for Windows Phone. I'm not a Windows Phone user and thus I don't have a horse in the race but it doesn't change the fact that if Google refuses to provide an official client then what is Microsoft supposed to do - sit back and allow Google to use the stranglehold they have on the smart phone OS market and content market to leverage each other? I mean, I'm not Microsoft fan but if Microsoft was doing something like what Google is doing you wouldn't hear the end of it from the haters.

Edited 2013-05-15 23:34 UTC

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RE[2]: Petty?
by tylerdurden on Thu 16th May 2013 00:09 in reply to "RE: Petty?"
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Using your "logic," since Microsoft does not provide an official version of their Office suite for Linux... it is totally OK if I completely ignore the terms of their EULA and just run a pirated copy of the software under a WINE wrapper.

In any case, it's being fascinating seeing Apple, Google, and Microsoft trying to out-asshole each other.

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RE[3]: Petty?
by Nelson on Thu 16th May 2013 00:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Petty?"
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I think what we're seeing is Microsoft and Google just become very direct rivals (we saw similar shit flinging when Apple and Google first realized they weren't best friends anymore, look at iMaps fiasco)

Google Apps encroached on on-premise Exchange servers and AD roll outs. Google Apps saves you quite a bit of money if you have an old creaky on premise solution, and its actually really good.

MSFT responded with Office 365 and off premise, but did it pretty late. They make major bank off of O365 now, but its by no means a won war. This is one place I think there's healthy competition in, IMO.

Then there's the whole IE vs Chrome thing, and then Bing/Yahoo teaming up to try a play at Google (riiiiight)

Microsoft isn't a saint either, locking Chrome out of Windows RT (well all browsers, but it probably annoyed the hell out of Google) and the annoying ass useless Scroogled commercials. The idea is good but the commercials are so annoying, seriously, fire everyone at MSFT Marketing.

ChromeOS probably didn't win Google any awards with Microsoft either (despite the most popular Chrome OS being Windows 7)

Windows Phone vs Android is peanuts in comparison to what Google and Microsoft really fight over, but I agree that its fun seeing them take the gloves off, only thing that sucks is consumers get screwed in the meantime.

They're more competitors than Apple and MSFT ever wore. Microsoft and Apple are frat brothers in comparison.

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