Microsoft just tasted another victory against Google today. Earlier today Microsoft Xbox won a patent ruling against Google’s Motorola and now Google has agreed to work on YouTube app for Windows Phone in association with Microsoft.
The outcome seems to be the result of a well-played chess game with Google, with the other company being manipulated into either going to court and risk setting a precident, or going for the less evil and agreeing to work with Microsoft.
Here is the statement from Google/Microsoft,
“Microsoft and YouTube are working together to update the new YouTube for Windows Phone app to enable compliance with YouTube’s API terms of service, including enabling ads, in the coming weeks,”,
“Microsoft will replace the existing YouTube app in Windows Phone Store with the previous version during this time.”
This appears to be a clear case where it was better to ask forgiveness than permission, a strategy Google itself used numerous times when collecting data. Hopefully Microsoft will continue to be as bold, as it certainly seemed to work out very well for both Microsoft and the users of its OS on this occasion.