Google and Microsoft Bury Their Differences to Jointly Develop a Compliant YouTube App

By: Ali Raza  |   May 25th, 2013   |   Google, Mobile Apps, News

Google and Microsoft have decided to move ahead by burying their differences to jointly develop a compliant YouTube app for Windows-based phones. It is expected that the app will be built by utilizing the iFrame API of YouTube, so that it can support ads. The new YouTube app for Windows Phone could be released as early as next month. TNW has received a joint statement from Microsoft and Google in which they said that, “Microsoft and YouTube are working together to update the new YouTube for Windows Phone app to enable compliance with YouTube’s API terms of service, including enabling ads, in the coming weeks. Microsoft will replace the existing YouTube app in Windows Phone Store with the previous version during this time.”


The two companies did not put their differences aside after an overnight decision, as the recent agreement of working together finally materialised when both Microsoft and Google showed flexibility on different occasions. Below are a few announcements that will give you an idea how things progressed.


Microsoft declared on May 7 that it has launched a new YouTube app for phones that are running Windows Phone 8 and has developed the new app itself, which boasts extra features like downloading of videos from the website and no advertisements.


After that Google sent a cease-and-desist letter to Microsoft on May 15th in which the search giant said that the software company had infringed a number of terms of service of YouTube. Therefore, Mountain View-based company requested Microsoft that it should either block or remove the new YouTube app from its app store by May 22nd.


As a result of that request, Microsoft rolled out an updated version of the app on May 22nd, which lacks download functionality. On this occasion Microsoft released the following statement:


“Microsoft updated the Windows Phone YouTube app to address the restricted video and offline video access concerns voiced by Google last week. We have been in contact with Google and continue to believe that our two companies can work together to hone an app that benefits our mutual customers, partners and content providers.


We’re earning new customers every day, with IDC reporting recently that Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year gain among leading operating systems. We look forward to working with Google to maintain a great YouTube experience for the growing number of people who rely on both of our respective products.”


So now it seems that Google and Microsoft will together on the new YouTube, but it is not clear what multinational software company has offered to the search engine giant in exchange. But one thing is for sure that Windows Phone users will be benefited from the approved app.


Source: TNW

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