Sources: Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows, U.S. Patent Office
quote: The thing was, the Microsoft Youtube app was actually better than Google's own apps on iOS and Android. I know you won't believe that, but it was. It was excellent.
quote: Even when it's 100% substantiated.
quote: The fact that Microsoft has to depend so heavily on Google services, not their own, speaks volumes about how viable Windows Phone is. YouTube belongs to Google, you don't have some god-given right to it, Microsoft.
quote: Google doesn't want to start a denial of services fight with Microsoft.
quote: Microsoft refused to make a player that was in-line with Google's terms of service for Youtube.
quote: How does that work exactly?
quote: And while we're traveling down this path of completely illogical reasoning, how would Google blocking Windows Phone users from Youtube be "stifling" competition exactly??
quote: It doesn't hurt Google if Windows Phone users cannot use an app to access YouTube, as YouTube is still available via the mobile website.
quote: The VERGE is not Anandtech. They are just tech journalists, like those here at Daily Tech, writing juicy stories for clickbait. I wouldn't use them as a serious source personally.
quote: Oh please, how many people want to do that? It ABSOLUTELY hurts Google when people don't have access to a YouTube app.
quote: If Google was going to take actions to overtly hurt anyone, why Windows Phone? Don't you think Apple, which has several times the marketshare and profits of Microsoft, would be a better target?
quote: Back in the day MS became popular because they worked pretty well with everything.
quote: And while they have recently made Windows Phone "free" in certain situations, there's still a TON of strings attached.
quote: But don't sit here and tell us that's being more "open" than Google. That's preposterous!
quote: I know what he was referring to. Google is consolidating services into it's own apps, to ensure a consistent and better end-user experience for all users . Mind you this is NO WAY prevents others from promoting, developing, and distributing competing services. All of which Google freely allows and supports.
quote: Microsoft is just desperate, that's all. They aren't turning into a cuddly huggable teddy bear.