Windows Phone 7 users know that the YouTube plugin available in the Marketplace offers a much inferior experience than the similar applications on Google and Apple platform-powered smartphones. Redmond is blaming Google directly for this and prepares to file a complaint.
In a recent blog post, Brad Smith, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation, claims that Google has blocked the access of Windows Phones from operating properly on YouTube while offering full access to its own Android smartphones and also to Apple phones too.
Even more, Google has allegedly “refused to allow Microsoft’s new Windows Phones to access” YouTube metadata the same way Android phones and iPhones do. It’s because of this that the Microsoft YouTube plugin on Windows Phone 7 is nothing more than a browser crawling the mobile version of YouTube, which is stripped down of course. Smith said “Microsoft is ready to release a high quality YouTube app for Windows Phone. We just need permission to access YouTube in the way that other phones already do, permission Google has refused to provide“.
There are also some other smartphone-adjacent or parallel bits the blog post mentions and it’s because of those that Microsoft has decided to file “a formal complaint with the European Commission as part of the Commission’s ongoing investigation into whether Google has violated European competition law”.