YouTube app back on Windows Phone after Microsoft and Google bury hatchet?

Microsoft and Google have buried the hatchet, meaning the YouTube app will return to Windows Phone after threats of litigation by Google.

After YouTube-owner Google forced Microsoft to remove the mobile app, the pair have been working together to create an updated application that is acceptable, reports The Verge.

In May this year Google sent Microsoft a cease-and-desist letter ordering it to remove the YouTube app from Windows Phone by 22 May.

Google argued that the original YouTube for Windows Phone app violated Google's terms of use by allowing video downloads, not displaying ads, and allowing access to videos that its partners had restricted.

"These features directly harm our content creators and clearly violate our terms of service," said Google.

But in a statement issued to The Verge this week, a Microsoft spokesperson confirms the modified app is now available: "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."

Microsoft told The Verge it appreciated ,"Google’s support in ensuring that Windows Phones customers have a quality YouTube experience and look forward to continuing the collaboration."

Microsoft pulled the download functionality inside its original app, but the updated version includes some new features. Video upload support makes it easy for Windows Phone users to upload content to YouTube, and the ability to stream live video channels is now included.

Voice activation and voice search have also been added for hands-free navigation from the home screen and YouTube for Windows Phone will be available to Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 users.