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YouTube App Blocked on Windows Phones Again

Thursday marked more drama for the two tech giants of Microsoft and Google, as the YouTube app on Windows Phone was one again blocked. The move by Google marks another round of an app battlefield between Microsoft and Google, and only hurts customers of Windows Phones today.

The move by Google is one that scratches heads of many. Google claims that Microsoft was not built around HTML5, the web’s latest programming standard, and that the latest YouTube app by Microsoft violates the YouTube terms of service. This is another round of Google vs Microsoft.

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Who Is At Fault?

In this latest round of battles, Google is blaming Microsoft for not programming the app properly to serve ads. Microsoft on the other hand states that the YouTube app on iOS and Android isn’t HTML5 based, and therefore shouldn’t have to reprogram the app according to Google’s standards. Based on this, Google revoked Microsoft’s API or access key, thus causing the program to no longer work. Who is at fault? It’s a PR battle for now.

Microsoft Issues Statement

In a very lengthy blog post on Thursday, Microsoft laid out explicit reasons on why the app should be allowed by Google. The short is that “Google is blocking our updated YouTube app for Windows Phone. We are working with them to resolve the issue.” This type of statement is very politically correct and only shows that this battle might continue. Microsoft also issues a very lengthy reply on their Microsoft.com site that ultimately points all blame at Google.

Consumers Suffer

It’s pretty simple to realize that Google and Microsoft are battling each other and that Windows Phone users suffer as a result. Just when two excellent phones are released, the companies are battling a war of standards. This only hurts customers in the long run, and makes customers not want to buy Windows Phones since they cannot access YouTube.

So, this is the latest round of he said, she said between Microsoft and Google. Hopefully this will be resolved soon, but this is only pointing to a long tech war between the two companies that hurts consumers in the end, and that is not good.

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Published: Friday, August 16th, 2013 Last Modified: October 23, 2013

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