Earlier this year, Microsoft surprise its users by releasing its own YouTube app, complete with login and advanced management features of the popular streaming service. At the time, it was thought that Microsoft had come to an agreement with Google over the app, but as it turns out that was not the case. After some back and forth between the companies, Microsoft had agreed to pull the app as they work on a new, compliant version with Google.
Today, version 188.8.131.52 of YouTube is now live on the Store for Windows Phone 7.x and Windows Phone 8 devices.
The new app looks a lot like the app that was pulled and even includes an upload feature for posting videos directly to the service. That should reassure customers who believe the app would be stripped of functionality (one feature that seems to be missing is downloading of videos).
According to the app description, the features include:
- Pin any video, playlist, channel, and search queries to Live Tiles
- Manage your YouTube profile with your unique My YouTube page
- Manage your playlists, uploads, and video lists
- Find channels, videos, and playlists with the quick access search bar
- Share videos to your social networks, e-mail, and text messages
- Let your kids watch safe videos in Kid’s Corner and keep their own profile
The app is now available for older devices too, which is a great win for legacy users who have felt left out lately from Microsoft’s releases.
You can download the now official (and legal) YouTube app for Windows Phone here in the Store.
Update: See our video tour of the app in this follow up article