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Google, Microsoft Spar Over YouTube App
REDMOND, WA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Analysts fear two tech giants are on a collision course with an ugly court battle. This time the fight is between Google and Microsoft. At issue is a YouTube app Microsoft made for its Windows Phone ecosystem.
For months, Google has blocked any app from Microsoft after an initial offering did not display good advertising and allowed users to download videos from YouTube.
Microsoft took the app down and agreed to work with Google to find a solution. Months later, a new app appeared that displayed ads and did not allow users to download video. But after less than a day in use, Google again blocked it.
In a statement, Google said it had asked Microsoft to code the app in HTML 5 format, something that didn't happen. But Microsoft countered in a scathing statement from its legal team, arguing that the company's developers determined such a requirement was too time consuming and difficult. The statement also pointed out that YouTube apps for the iPhone and Android are also not in HTML 5 format.
Lawyers for Microsoft went on to accuse Google of playing unfairly and trying to block Windows Phone users from the same experience as other smartphones. Experts fear if the issue isn't resolved between the two companies, it could eventually wind up in anti-trust court.