The ongoing saga of the Microsoft YouTube app looks to be finally resolved as the new version is available again for download in the Windows Phone Store. Following the infamous Cease and Desist letter incident of May 2013, both Microsoft and Google have been working together on a compromise that both parties can be happy with.
The new app no longer carries the much argued about download feature, but does include new elements such as improved video upload support, voice search and activation and the ability to stream live video. It also carries ads, the lack of which caused such fury in Google in the previous release. Google Windows phone users can now directly upload content to their channel and share those videos via social media channels, text messages and email.
In a statement to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed:
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 also issued a statement saying it appreciates
Google’s support in ensuring that Windows Phones customers have a quality YouTube experience and look forward to continuing the collaboration.
The Windows YouTube app can be downloaded here.