Google asks Microsoft to kill its app

Google wants Microsoft to kill its homebrew YouTube app for Windows Phone 8. T

he search giant sent a cease and desist letter to Microsoft earlier this week, asking it to remove the app from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing copies by May 22, reports Wired.

What’s got Google so miffed? Well Microsoft’s app strips out ads and allows users to download content, which means it violates YouTube’s terms of service. 

“These features directly harm our content creators and clearly violate our Terms of Service. We request that you immediately withdraw this application from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing downloads of the application by Wednesday, May 22, 2013,” Google claims.

However, Microsoft claims that Google is simply refusing to cooperate and allow Redmond to develop an app on a par with other platforms. In other words, they needed something better, but Google did not provide the necessary APIs, so Microsoft decided to build its own from scratch. 

It is unclear whether Microsoft will be forced to yank the app altogether, or address the concerns raised by Google and re-launch the app, minus the contentious features.