Google has been in the spotlight recently over a few FTC investigations over mobile, advertising, and search practices. The FTC investigations are based on claims that Google is deliberately harming its competition.
Microsoft’s Vice President, Dave Heiner, recently posted his opinion on TechNet saying, “We continue to be dogged by an issue we had hoped would be resolved by now: Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone.”
Microsoft complained about this to both the FTC and the European Commission back in early 2011. Apparently, Google doesn’t want there to be a full-featured YouTube app for Windows Phone, like it is for Android and iOS.
“But just last month we [at Microsoft] learned from YouTube that senior executives at Google told them not to enable a first-class YouTube experience on Windows Phones,” said Heiner.
“Google dismisses these concerns as little more than sour grapes by one of its competitors. But the reality is that consumers and competitors alike are getting “scroogled” across the Web on a daily basis from this type of misconduct.”
Furthermore, Heiner says Google will get little more than a slap on the wrist from the FTC. However, the European Commission looks to be taking a harsher stance on the matter. They will be working with Google to form a legal order for dealing with the concerns.