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Microsoft updates YouTube Windows Phone app on the day Google demanded it be removed

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Microsoft is updating its Windows Phone YouTube app today. In a statement to The Verge, the company says it's making some changes to address concerns from Google. "Microsoft updated the Windows Phone YouTube app to address the restricted video and offline video access concerns voiced by Google last week," says a spokesperson. "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."

The update follows Google's demand for Microsoft to remove the YouTube app fully from its Windows Phone Store. Google objected to the lack of ads in Microsoft's application, and features such as a download option. Microsoft responded saying it was happy to include ads if Google allowed it, and it's addressing some of Google's initial concerns. However, the update does not include support for YouTube ads. It simply removes a download option within the application.

Microsoft's update is rolling out immediately, on the very day that Google set a deadline for Microsoft to remove the application. We've reached out to Google for comment and we'll update you accordingly.