Microsoft wants Google to be fair about YouTube

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Microsoft is now claiming that Google is not fairly sharing YouTube data to its mobile competitors.  Microsoft has said that Google has released an inferior and more limited YouTube website for Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform then the website offered for the Android Platform and Apple’s iPhone.  Microsoft wants to release its own high-quality YouTube app, but that would require them to have access to YouTube’s metadata which they say Google is refusing to provide to them access to.

Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, Dave Heiner, said in a recent blog post, “You might think that Google would be on its best behavior given it’s under the bright light of regulatory scrutiny on two continents.  However, as we enter 2013, that is not the case.”

Dealing with antitrust scrutiny in its past, Microsoft has been a supporter of federal probes of Google in Europe and the United States.  In March of 2011, the corporate giant complained that Google restricted rival search engines from “properly accessing” YouTube in their results.  Google’s response is the same now as it was then.  They claim they are not doing anything mischievous.

Google spokeswoman Niki Fenwick is quoted as saying, “Contrary to Microsoft’s claims, it’s easy for consumers to view YouTube videos on Windows phones.  Windows phone users can access all the features of YouTube though our HTML5-based mobile website, including viewing high-quality video streams, finding favorite videos, seeing video ratings, and searching for video categories.  In fact, we’ve worked with Microsoft for several years to help build a great YouTube experience on Windows phones.”

According to IDC, Windows phones made up less than 3% of the smartphone sales last year worldwide.  A source with knowledge of Google’s business decisions said that Windows phone are not popular enough for Google to decide to write and support an application for their phones.

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