Clash of cyber biggies

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Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

googleAbitter row has broken out between Google and Microsoft over the Windows Phone YouTube app. Google has blocked users from watching videos via the app saying it violated its terms of service. The search company had requested that the app be made using HTML5 code language, but Microsoft said it was unable to do so. In a blog post titled “The limits of Google’s openness”, Microsoft lawyer David Howard requested that Google lift the block, and outlined his company’s issues with the stance. “Google’s objections to our app are not only inconsistent with Google’s own commitment of openness, but also involve requirements for a Windows Phone app that it doesn’t impose on its own platform or Apple’s,” he said. 

In a statement, Google defended its actions: “Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully featured YouTube experience.” Howard said this was an “odd request”. “Neither YouTube’s iPhone app nor its Android app are built on HTML5,” he wrote.

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