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Google Blocks Windows Phone YouTube App

Once in a good while an issue comes across my desk that I throw caution to the wind and deliver my thoughts unfiltered. This Google & Microsoft YouTube app blockade is such an issue. I’ll keep this brief as I can go on for days on this rant.

Google requesting Microsoft to deliver a HTML5 YouTube app while neither their Android or iOS app is HTML5 is ridiculous. Blocking Microsoft’s app which they devoted engineering resources to at no cost to you exposes the sham of a company you are. What makes matters personal for me is that they are pushing Microsoft to deliver an inferior experience to me the user.

I can’t begin to tell you how infuriating that is. So know this, I’m a media guy who isn’t shy about publicizing wrongs. I’ll take you to task every way I can think of. Microsoft doesn’t always do the right thing so I’m not going to paint them as a saint of a company. The difference is that you, Google, paint yourself as a champion of openness yet it has become far too frequent that your actions contradict your words.

Finally I’d like to address advertisers. Advertisers have to become more aware. If you’re paying google to push your ads you need to let Google know they aren’t delivering as well as they can. The Windows Phone community has shown repeatedly that it is not adverse to spending money. If you’re watching your bottom line you’d be well advised to make your wishes known.

Microsoft’s Response