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Updated official YouTube app for Windows Phone released, in collaboration with Google

YouTube on Windows Phone

The official YouTube app for Windows Phone has been the center of controversy between Microsoft and Google as of late. Today, Microsoft has revealed that the official YouTube app for Windows Phone will be available for download, in collaboration with Google.

Back in May of this year, Microsoft rolled out a brand new official YouTube app for Windows Phone 8. The app received much heat due to the fact that the app had the ability to skip ads and download videos, a violation of Google/YouTube’s terms of use. Eventually, Google caught wind of this and issued a ‘cease and desist’ letter to the software giant, urging them to remove the YouTube app from the Windows Phone Store.

Microsoft responded to that letter stating that the software giant was “more than happy” to comply but Google needed to be more flexible with providing the necessary APIs. Microsoft then rolled out another update to the YouTube app for Windows Phone 8, complying to most of Google’s requests, but not all of them. Finally, Microsoft and Google reached an understanding and were both working together to create a new YouTube app.

Fast forward to today, the official app is now available for download. “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,” Microsoft stated to news site The Verge. Microsoft also appreciates Google’s support in “ensuring that Windows Phones customers have a quality YouTube experience” and the company looks forward to continuing the collaboration between the two.continuing the collaboration.”

The new app includes access to playlists, video uploads, video lists, and the ability to manage your profile page. The app also allows you to pin videos, playlists, channels, and searches as Live tiles for your Start screen. If you are on Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 7.8, you can snag the app via the download link below. Let us know in the comments below if you like the app.

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