9.2: No YouTube for You (Microsoft)!

January 2, 2013

Google is blocking Microsoft from developing a YouTube app for Windows Phone phones, and in addition isn’t (yet) developing a YouTube app of its own, leaving Windows Phone users with just the browser version. So says All Things D:

But the YouTube issue is not a new one; Microsoft has complained about it to regulators multiple times since 2010. YouTube clients for Android and iPhone have fuller search, favorites and ratings capabilities, while YouTube for Windows Phone is basically a wrapper for the mobile Web version of the site, because it doesn’t have access to full APIs.

What’s new is that Microsoft is now claiming that people at YouTube are in favor of helping provide a good Windows Phone experience, but senior Google executives recently told them not to do so.

Interesting. Apparently YouTube isn’t as independent of Google as I had thought last year.

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