Microsoft has just overhauled its YouTube app for Windows Phone. The latest version 3.2 has returned back to its former days of browser-based upgrades, which means if you tap on a YouTube link in emails, MMS or somewhere else in the Microsoft’s mobile OS, it will reveal YouTube in the browser by diverting you to official website, m.youtube.com.
Users can still follow up their subscriptions, but they will not have the facility to get notifications or file transfers as they can get through other applications and platforms.
Microsoft had initially launched its official YouTube app on Windows Phone in May to offer the best video viewing experience to the viewers as Google is not in a plan to support Windows Phone. But, later Google issued a ‘cease & desist’ letter to wipe out the in-house app from the Windows Phone Store. Then the app was once again relaunched with few changes, but did not satisfy the Google’s advertising policies and was told to take down.
It was then reported that both Microsoft and Google were working in sync on launching the new version of YouTube app back in May. But now, it seems that the Microsoft has left the effort to satisfy Google and got back to its basic app that integrates with YouTube’s mobile website and opens video links in the browser instead of native playback.
But the revamped version does not offer any additional functionality than the website and just serves as a shortcut from the app mix. It appears like there will not be a YouTube version that’s developed based on the Google’s APIs in the near future and the users will need to depend on other alternatives.
The latest version of YouTube app is downloadable via Windows Phone Store for free. The app works with devices running Windows 7.5 or 8 OS.
YouTube app download link for Windows Phone (free)