Windows Phone YouTube App Is Back After Ugly Google, Microsoft Feud

After a three-month hiatus, the YouTube app is back on the Windows Phone marketplace. The application was pulled after Microsoft and Google had an ugly, public dispute over the original version’s lack of ad functionality. The Windows-built model, according to Google, defied many of the policies set in place by YouTube / Google including a policy that did not allow users to download videos, something the Windows app allowed.

Microsoft quickly fired back saying that Google never offered support in building the app thus leaving the responsibility up to Microsoft. After coming to an amicable agreement, the two tech giants began working on the application in hopes of coming to some kind of user-favorable conclusion.


A Microsoft rep told The Verge: “We’ve released an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of ads.”

The new application has since been stripped of settings that allow video downloads, but supports several new features including voice search, access to playlists, YouTube account login options and live stream capability.


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