Microsoft and Google have decided to make love, not war by joining forces to create an official YouTube app together for Windows Phone.
“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,” the two companies both said in a statement. “Microsoft will replace the existing YouTube app in Windows Phone Store with the previous version during this time.”
They had a bit of a disagreement earlier over an app custom-developed by Microsoft for Windows Phone. It took the initiative upon itself to create one for the platform. The YouTube app didn’t have any ads and it allowed for downloading of videos. Google, as you could imagine, was not happy with this because there’s money to be made off those videos.
A few days ago Microsoft issued a statement on the matter. “Microsoft updated the Windows Phone YouTube app to address the restricted video and offline video access concerns voiced by Google last week. We have been in contact with Google and continue to believe that our two companies can work together to hone an app that benefits our mutual customers, partners and content providers,” it read.
The belief paid off because Window Phone users will soon get a YouTube app — they’ll just have to suffer through the ads like everyone else.