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Relations between Microsoft and Google look set to take a dive after it emerged that Google has blocked the new Windows Phone YouTube app.
Adding to fuel to the fire, Microsoft has fired a broadside across Google, claiming that the search engine giant's reason for blocking its app is "manufactured" and claiming that "Google just doesn’t want Windows Phone users to have the same experience as Android and Apple users".
In a rather biting blogpost entitled "The limits of Google's openness", Microsoft's Deputy General Counsel, David Howard, said that Google's reason for blocking the Windows Phone app was that it didn't adhere to terms and conditions that Google doesn't impose on either Android or IOS apps.
"Google asked us to transition our app to a new coding language – HTML5. This was an odd request since neither YouTube’s iPhone app nor its Android app are built on HTML5," Howard wrote. "Nevertheless, we dedicated significant engineering resources to examine the possibility."
"At the end of the day, experts from both companies recognized that building a YouTube app based on HTML5 would be technically difficult and time consuming, which is why we assume YouTube has not yet made the conversion for its iPhone and Android apps," he said.
"We think it’s clear that Google just doesn’t want Windows Phone users to have the same experience as Android and Apple users, and that their objections are nothing other than excuses," he added.
This is the second time that Microsoft has run into problems publishing a YouTube app. In May, the Windows Phone YouTube app was blocked after Google said it failed to display ads correctly.