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[8]: Why insist on HTML5?
by _txf_ on Sat 17th Aug 2013 03:56 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Why insist on HTML5?"
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Going by the moving goal posts, WP users wouldn't have one regardless. Google certainly wasn't going to write one and they've blocked Microsofts good faith attempts at writing one for them. At least this way they can shame Google into repenting. PR is powerful, look at the Xbox One

Or playing chicken with google, losing and then capitalizing on the loss. Users expectations being mere collateral damage.

They didn't have to republish the app before giving google a chance to look at the new version, apparently they just CC'ed the release to google...

Edited 2013-08-17 03:56 UTC

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RE[9]: Why insist on HTML5?
by Soulbender on Sat 17th Aug 2013 05:04 in reply to "RE[8]: Why insist on HTML5?"
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Why would MS show anything to Google? Unless it's a contractual obligation they don't need show Google anything. It's not like we're talking about some small company or single developer where that kind of courtesy would be nice. These are big boys, they can take care of themselves.

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