Microsoft downgrades YouTube app to appease Google
In case you haven’t been following, Microsoft and Google have gotten themselves into a minor tiff over YouTube. It started earlier this month when Microsoft updated its YouTube app for Windows Phone. This brought a lot of new functionality, but as was quickly pointed out, seemed to violate some YouTube policies, specifically with how it allowed downloads and didn’t display advertisements connected to clips.
Then Google got all leagal-threateny with Microsoft, which both caused Microsoft to call Google out on hypocrisy following some of Larry Page’s comments at Google I/O in regards to openness and interconnectivity, as well as claim innocence, insisting it would be happy to allow the display of ads if only Google would share the needed API hooks. That’s where we’ve been for a few days now, but today we learn about the first change to the app, in an effort to make nice with Google.
There’s no progress as far as those ads go, but Microsoft has killed-off the ability to download videos.
We haven’t heard from Google since its initial letter to Microsoft, so it remains to be seen if it will really give Microsoft what it needs in order to properly display ads.