Microsoft and Google reach truce over YouTube app for Windows Phone

youtubemicrosoftMicrosoft and Google have resolved a simmering dispute over Microsoft’s YouTube app for Windows Phone, releasing a joint statement this afternoon on the issue.

The statement reads, “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.”

Microsoft develops the YouTube app for Windows Phone itself. As part of its antitrust arguments against Google in the past, Microsoft had complained in the past that Google was hampering its ability to offer a full-featured app for Windows Phone.

The dispute came to a head last week, following Microsoft’s release of an updated version of the YouTube app.

Google sent Microsoft a cease-and-desist letter saying that the update by Microsoft violated YouTube’s terms of service by, among other things, preventing ads from showing in YouTube videos, and playing videos that YouTube’s partners “have restricted from playback on certain platforms (e.g. mobile devices with limited feature sets.)”

Earlier this week, Microsoft released another updated version of the YouTube app addressing some but not all of Google’s complaints.