Microsoft is accusing Google of Anti-Competition

The 2 giants of the internet are fighting it out again. Microsoft has complained to the European Commission, claiming that Google was being anti-competitive when it came to sharing their services with other competitors like Microsoft.

Microsoft’s biggest issue currently with Google is that refusal to allow new Windows Phones to access YouTube in the same way that Android phones can. Google’s Android OS contains a functionally rich YouTube application that enhances the YouTube experience while Windows Phones are left with just the standard YouTube page without any added functionality. Here is what Brad Smith, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation wrote:

First, in 2006 Google acquired YouTube—and since then it has put in place a growing number of technical measures to restrict competing search engines from properly accessing it for their search results.  Without proper access to YouTube, Bing and other search engines cannot stand with Google on an equal footing in returning search results with links to YouTube videos and that, of course, drives more users away from competitors and to Google.

Second, in 2010 and again more recently, Google blocked Microsoft’s new Windows Phones from operating properly with YouTube. Google has enabled its own Android phones to access YouTube so that users can search for video categories, find favorites, see ratings, and so forth in the rich user interfaces offered by those phones.  It’s done the same thing for the iPhones offered by Apple, which doesn’t offer a competing search service.

Unfortunately, Google has refused to allow Microsoft’s new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do.  As a result, Microsoft’s YouTube “app” on Windows Phones is basically just a browser displaying YouTube’s mobile Web site, without the rich functionality offered on competing phones.  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.

Google has repeatedly denied Microsoft access to the data that the Android version of the YouTube application has access to. Microsoft goes on to complain about Google also blocking access to content owned by book publishers or orphaned books which no copyright holder can be contacted for. If Google continues to block the content from Microsoft, Google will be the exclusive search engine for those results.

The next complaint deals with Google restricting customers or advertisers from access to their own data. Microsoft means that if you create advertising campaigns on Google’s ad servers, they cannot be used in an interoperable way between other ad platforms such as Microsoft’s adCenter.

Microsoft has lots of complaints against Google and were not sure if this complaint will lead to anything bigger, however some of the complaints mentions in the article have actually gone to court. This fight between Google and Microsoft will probably go on for the rest of the year and we will undoubtedly hear more news about it. [Via: Gizmodo]

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