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Windows Phone users are again finding themselves in the crossfire between Microsoft and Google over the platform's use of the YouTube API, which has now been disabled for a second time this year.
If that sounds familiar, it's because the same scenario played out earlier this year — a standoff that ended with a promise from Microsoft to work on an HTML5-based version of the app. Apparently, the new version released earlier this week was not it.
"Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service," a Google spokesperson told The Verge. "It has been disabled. We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines."
The response from Microsoft was swift and blistering: In a lengthy blog post from the company's Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Antitrust David Howard, the Windows Phone maker lashed out at what it calls "requirements for a Windows Phone app that it doesn’t impose on its own platform or Apple’s (both of which use Google as the default search engine, of course)."
"It seems to us that Google’s reasons for blocking our app are manufactured so that we can’t give our users the same experience Android and iPhone users are getting," Howard concludes. "The roadblocks Google has set up are impossible to overcome, and they know it."
It's anyone's guess how this messy and very public feud will play out, but in the meantime, YouTube fans on Windows Phone will be the ones who lose out yet again.
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(Image courtesy of The Verge)