Microsoft tosses in YouTube towel, returns to Web UI for Windows Phone

Microsoft yesterday threw in the towel on its attempt to build its own YouTube app for Windows Phone, revising that app to shunt users instead to the browser for accessing Google’s video service via the Web.

The Web-based player experience is where Microsoft started before May, when the Redmond, Wash. company first launched its own YouTube app for Windows Phone. Shortly after Microsoft published the app on its Windows Phone Store, Google issued a cease-and-desist letter demanding Microsoft yank the app.

The letter cited a laundry list of objections, including preventing the display of advertisements, allowing video downloads and playing videos that partners have blocked on certain mobile devices.

SOURCE: computerworld.com

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