Microsoft removes YouTube webwrapper app from Store

Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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Microsoft  finally decided to remove its YouTube webwrapper application from the Windows Store, continuing its app purge. Until now, the company targeted Windows apps by third party developers, but it seems that the cleaning is also targeting an application that brought shame to Windows Phone.

About five years after its release, the inferior YouTube webwrapper app was removed from the official Microsoft store. This application enjoyed a good period of time back in 2013, but it was quite short lived because soon enough, Google has shut it down — twice.

Back then, Google stated they were “committed to providing users and creators with a great and consistent YouTube experience across devices, and we’ve been working with Microsoft to build a fully featured YouTube for Windows Phone app, based on HTML5. Unfortunately, Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service. It has been disabled. We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines.”

Soon enough, Microsoft replied: “We think it’s clear that Google just doesn’t want Windows Phone users to have the same experience as Android and Apple users, and that their objections are nothing other than excuses.“ Microsoft also requested Google to stop blocking its YouTube webwrapper application, but as you’ve already guessed, this didn’t happen.

However, we think Microsoft did well by removing its “embarrassing” application from the Windows Store.

Have you been using Microsoft’s YouTube webwrapper application? Tell us your thoughts about it! Are you glad that it was removed from the Windows Store?

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