Microsoft Shocked That Google's Trying to Compete With it

By Gary Cutlack on at

Microsoft's very upset with Google, claiming that the search and Android giant is deliberately stopping it from making a decent YouTube app for Windows Phone.

In a blog post on the matter, Microsoft's Vice President Dave Heiner tried to make out this is some sort of anti-competitive move by Google, claiming "We continue to be dogged by an issue we had hoped would be resolved by now: Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone."

The "beef" is an old complaint about Google not allowing Microsoft to access the full YouTube API, meaning the Windows Phone YouTube app is basically a simple shell that repackages the YouTube mobile web site. Which is a bit rubbish.

We don't really get the argument that Google's being unfair, though. Surely it's OK to keep something you've invested in and created to yourself? Otherwise what's the point in building a winning product, if you're forced to hand it over to your competitors under some vague threat of anti-competitiveness legal action as soon as it becomes a big selling point? [Technet via Techradar]