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Google Tells Microsoft to Remove Ad-Less YouTube App from Windows Phones

May 15
8:03 2013

Google Tells Microsoft to Remove Ad-Less YouTube App from Windows Phones

Microsoft's latest YouTube app update for their Windows phones has left Google none too pleased.

In fact, Google execs were so peeved that they sent Microsoft a cease and desist letter, citing that the update had a severe lack of advertising within the app.

Google demanded that Microsoft "immediately withdraw this application from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing downloads of the application by Wednesday, May 22, 2013," according to letter, which was obtained by The Verge.

The update, created by Microsoft, includes "features that specifically prevent ads from playing," The Verge notes.

Since the letter was made public, Microsoft has issued their own statement to Engadget:

"YouTube is consistently one of the top apps downloaded by smartphone users on all platforms, but Google has refused to work with us to develop an app on par with other platforms. Since we updated the YouTube app to ensure our mutual customers a similar YouTube experience, ratings and feedback have been overwhelmingly positive. We'd be more than happy to include advertising but need Google to provide us access to the necessary APIs. In light of Larry Page's comments today calling for more interoperability and less negativity, we look forward to solving this matter together for our mutual customers."

In the meantime, there's no doubt that two corporations will continue to duke it out over the money.

For Google's full request to Microsoft, head on over to The Verge.

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