And so the tale continues. Let’s catch you up on the drama first in case you missed it. It started when Google sent a cease and desist letter to Microsoft back in May, demanding that the company take down its YouTube app since it did not comply with Google’s terms of service.
Howard says that when both companies were working together on the update, Google asked Microsoft to transition its app to HTML5, however Google’s own YouTube apps for iOS and Android aren’t built on HTML5. The plan was ultimately axed, but Howard says that Microsoft has made a long-term commitment to Google to work on a HTML5 YouTube app. He also says that the roadblocks that Google is putting in place are impossible to overcome and that Google is aware of this.
What do you think? Is Google just being Google and trying to intimidate Microsoft? I can’t see Microsoft being this stupid over the app, so it does look like Google is being a jerk here.