Microsoft is pushing Google’s buttons by releasing a new YouTube app for Windows Phone.
The App, takes out YouTube ads when it plays videos and easily allows users to download the videos, which is a clear violation of Google’s TOS.
These behaviors violate the rules YouTube imposes on developers. Microsoft has reverse engineered some portion of the developer code to replicate basic functions using an API.
This means that Microsoft in many ways is doing whatever it wants with YouTube and not following the Terms of Service.
Could this lead to lawsuits and more bad blood between the two juggernauts? Only time will tell.