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Google agrees to work with Microsoft on YouTube app for Windows Phone

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Google has agreed to work with Microsoft in building an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone.

A joint statement from the two companies indicates that the new app will be available 'in the coming weeks'.

YouTube app running on Windows Phone 8

The short-lived update of the YouTube app

YouTube app running on Windows Phone 8

New app (above) replaced with original version



Microsoft released an updated version of its new app on May 23, which removed the video download feature, although adverts were still blocked. YouTube had mounted pressure on Microsoft to "completely withdraw" the app a week before, claiming it broke the video sharing site's API terms.

Just days after the amended release, Microsoft has replaced it with its original YouTube app, which is less functional and HTML-based.

A statement from the companies reads: "Microsoft and YouTube are working together to update the new YouTube for Windows Phone app to enable compliance with YouTube's API terms of service, including enabling ads, in the coming weeks. Microsoft will replace the existing YouTube app in Windows Phone Store with the previous version during this time."

Despite losing its newly released app, the move could be considered a small victory for Microsoft. Two years ago it had complained that Google had been withholding the essentials to build a YouTube app for Windows Phone.

"Unfortunately, Google has refused to allow Microsoft's new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do," Microsoft's senior vice president and general counsel Brad Smith wrote in a blog post at the time.

"As a result, Microsoft's YouTube 'app' on Windows Phones is basically just a browser displaying YouTube's mobile website, without the rich functionality offered on competing phones."

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