Microsoft stepped up its criticism of Google on antitrust grounds
Wednesday, claiming the Internet giant refuses to allow Windows Phone
users "proper access" to the YouTube video service.
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 US and EU 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.
Google, which owns YouTube, said Microsoft was distorting the facts on mobile phone access.
to Microsoft's claims, it's easy for consumers to view YouTube videos
on Windows phones," a Google spokesperson said in response to an AFP
"Windows phone users can access all the features of
YouTube... In fact, we've worked with Microsoft for several years to
help build a great YouTube experience on Windows phones."
said it has raised its concerns both with the European Commission and
the US Federal Trade Commission, which are investigation potential
abuses of market dominance by Google.
"You might think that Google
would be on its best behavior given it's under the bright lights of
regulatory scrutiny on two continents," Heiner said.
we enter 2013, that is not the case. Hopefully, Google will wake up to
a New Year with a resolution to change its ways and start to conform
with the antitrust laws. If not, then 2013 hopefully will be the year
when antitrust enforcers display the resolve that Google continues to