Microsoft slams Google on 'proper' YouTube app
NEW YORK (AFP) - Microsoft stepped up its criticism of Google on antitrust grounds on Wednesday, claiming the Internet giant refuses to allow Windows Phone users "proper access" to the YouTube video service.
"Despite government scrutiny, Google continues to block Microsoft from offering its customers proper access to YouTube. This is an important issue because consumers value YouTube access on their phone," said Microsoft attorney Dave Heiner in a blog post.
"Google often says that the antitrust offenses with which it has been charged cause no harm to consumers. Google is wrong about that. In this instance, for example, Google's refusal deprives consumers who use competing platforms of a comparable experience in accessing content that is generally available on the Web."
The comments marked the latest flare-up between the two tech titans and came as United States (US) and European Union antitrust watchdogs were seeking to conclude probes into Google's conduct. Some reports said US investigators were preparing to settle for a voluntary agreement from Google without court enforcement.