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[3]: The nuclear option
by lemur2 on Sat 17th Aug 2013 10:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The nuclear option"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Yeah but...they already do that using Windows, at least for most practical purposes.


Yeah but ... they won't be able to continue to do that using Windows if Microsoft invokes the "nuclear option".

Sane businesses should certainly look at ways to avoid becoming casualties in the Microsoft/Google war.

Improving your infrastructure by going to Linux servers, and avoiding CALs in the process, is surely a win-win-win over being vulnerable to Microsoft's war with Google.

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RE[4]: The nuclear option
by Nelson on Sat 17th Aug 2013 12:09 in reply to "RE[3]: The nuclear option"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Microsoft is more influential today in the enterprise. Not less. They're crushing Google Apps and their MDM suite grosses over a billion dollars. To think that enterprises would walk away from that is foolish.

Enterprises live and breathe the Microsoft productivity stack. Android caters to that, not the other way around.

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RE[5]: The nuclear option
by tylerdurden on Sat 17th Aug 2013 21:17 in reply to "RE[4]: The nuclear option"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

You're correct with regards to Microsoft's position with the Exchange ecosystem. They basically own that business space. In fact, out of the top of my head I can't think of any medium or large business organization which either does not depend on exchange or deploys it profusely. In the US at least.

But I personally don't think google is interested in the large/medium business front/back office space, at least not yet. Office/Exchange is just too entrenched still. The consumer/small ass business space however is where MS can be eroded, and there's where google are gunning for. All google basically wants is pairs of eye balls to serve ads to, their business model is way different than Microsoft's (e.g. google are not as dependent on direct sales to consumers/organizations as their principal source of revenue)

Edited 2013-08-17 21:23 UTC

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