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Microsoft released a new version of its YouTube app for Windows Phone this afternoon, three months after Google objected to app and demanded its removal from the Windows Phone app store. The new app, developed with Google’s support, incorporates ads into the experience, addressing one of the search company’s biggest complaints.

The app no longer includes download capability, as noted by The Verge. However, Microsoft did add new features including the ability to upload videos from Windows Phone.

Microsoft says in a statement, “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. We appreciate Google’s support in ensuring that Windows Phones customers have a quality YouTube experience and look forward to continuing the collaboration.”

Even if it did start with a cease-and-desist letter, it’s a rare example of cooperation between the two companies.Windows Phone users, here’s the link to download the app.

Comments

  • http://www.christopherbudd.com Christopher Budd

    Whether it’s this or the CBS – Time Warner spat, I find I have no tolerance for situations where companies have a dispute that ultimately is fought on the backs of their collective customers. Did Google really have to demand the app be removed during the time it took to build a new one? Does Time Warner really have to block CBS while their lawyers figure out how to divide the billions of dollars in play?

    It’s unspeakably frustrating and a sign of the incredible overarching greed and near hostility to actual customers.

    Of course, this is only really feasible in a monopoly/oligopoly situation. If there was real competition Time Warner wouldn’t cut service to customers because they would bolt. Windows Phone users would use one of YouTube’s competitors. But since they know they’re the only game in town, they feel no risk in hurting their customers to get what they want.

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      • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

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