Microsoft's YouTube app for Windows Phone is returning to the Store today. After Google forced Microsoft to remove the app, the pair have been working together to create an updated application. In a statement issued to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson confirms the app will be made available today. "We’ve released an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of ads," says a spokesperson. Microsoft says it appreciates "Google’s support in ensuring that Windows Phones customers have a quality YouTube experience and look forward to continuing the collaboration."
Although Microsoft pulled the download functionality inside its app, the updated version includes some new features. Video upload support is the big change, making it easy for Windows Phone users to upload content to the service, and the ability to stream live video channels is now included. Uploading videos seems to require that the device be plugged in and charging while connected to Wi-Fi. In our own testing, videos refused to upload unless the device was being charged, and if the charging is interrupted then the upload fails.
Voice search and voice activation from the home screen have also been added for hands-free navigation. Microsoft has also included access to playlists, uploads, video lists, and the ability to manage the profile page of a YouTube account. Windows Phone users will be able to pin Live Tiles of videos, playlists, channels, and search queries to the Start screen with the updated app. YouTube for Windows Phone is rolling out to the Store immediately, and will be made available to Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 users.