Microsoft and Google have been warring for some time, but it seems that things have now intensified and an all-out battle is on the horizon. Much of the drama between the two companies is presently focused on Windows Phone, and on Thursday Microsoft wrote publicly about Google's direct refusal to open up access to YouTube so that Windows Phone users may easily use the service when mobile.
David Heiner, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft, wrote a lengthy post on Thursday about Microsoft's on-going concerns about Google's misconduct relating to a number of issues. Heiner highlights some of the key problems, stating:
“In 2010 and again more recently, Google blocked Microsoft’s new Windows Phones from operating properly with YouTube. Google has enabled its own Android phones to access YouTube so that users can search for video categories, find favourites, see ratings, and so forth in the rich user interfaces offered by those phones. It’s done the same thing for the iPhones offered by Apple, which doesn’t offer a competing search service.
Unfortunately, Google has refused to allow Microsoft’s new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do. As a result, Microsoft’s YouTube “app” on Windows Phones is basically just a browser displaying YouTube’s mobile Web site, without the rich functionality offered on competing phones. Microsoft is ready to release a high quality YouTube app for Windows Phone. We just need permission to access YouTube in the way that other phones already do, permission Google has refused to provide.”
Google's Android mobile phone operating system is clearly a direct competitor to Microsoft, but considering WIndows Phone's relatively small market share, some wonder why Google feels so threatened and won't give Microsoft fair access to their services. After all, Google still gives Apple iPhones access to their service, despite their falling out.