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Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) To Build YouTube App Together

In the past few weeks, Microsoft released a version of the YouTube application for Windows Phone users that allowed them to download videos from the Google video service, and then view them stripped of any advertisements.

On Friday, Microsoft and Google ended their feud surrounding the latest YouTube application release for Windows Phone.

Served with a C&D letter from Google, Microsoft then announced that a newer version would be released, and did so with the video downloader removed, but with the ads still removed from the application. This created a big public relations nightmare for both companies, and Friday’s announcement should calm the Windows Phone wars between the two companies.

Official YouTube App Coming Soon

With its Friday announcement, Microsoft said that the two companies are working together to build a Windows Phone YouTube application that will comply to the Google terms of service.

According to various reports, a Google spokesperson stated that the release of the new application should be available in the “coming weeks”.

This war of words, video downloads, and advertisement removal of the YouTube application has created a war of words between the two tech giants and it only seemed soon that they would work together to build an application properly and without legal recourse.

In a joint statement, Microsoft and Google announced: “Microsoft and YouTube are working together to update the new YouTube for Windows Phone app to enable compliance with YouTubeÕs 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.”

Various reports across the Internet have pointed the finger at Google for not allowing Microsoft engineers access to the full API of YouTube, but those reports are not 100% official. In the meanwhile, Microsoft will be replacing the current second version of its YouTube application in the Windows Phone Marketplace with a HTML version of the application, which should allow for Google’s advertisements to appear on the videos, and wait for the anticipated new application to be released.

Whether it is Google who will make making the Windows Phone application, or whether the Microsoft engineers will be producing, the YouTube application is uncertain. The only statement of the calming of the wars was announced on Friday, and we should see the final release of the official Windows Phone YouTube application soon.

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Published: Saturday, May 25th, 2013 Last Modified: October 23, 2013

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