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IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1 allows users to watch videos on the mobile YouTube site

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IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1 allows users to watch videos on the mobile YouTube site
YouTube and Windows Phone have a history like, well, the Hatfields and McCoys. Every time Microsoft has tried to add a YouTube client for the platform, along came Google to block it. And while the Windows Phone Store is loaded with third party YouTube players, there is some good news on the YouTube front, thanks to the update to Windows Phone 8.1.

Windows Phone 8.1 will bring IE11 with it, and this new version of Internet Explorer happens to work with the mobile YouTube site (m.YouTube.com). BlackBerry users already know that when they click the YouTube icon on their phone, they are not opening up a native app, but are merely being whisked away to the mobile site.

Many Windows Phone users might have used the mobile YouTube app back in the day when featurephones like the LG Voyager tried to become the "iPhone killer". All you need to do is punch in the URL on the browser, and you're ready to watch videos. The mobile site uses HTML5, and has pretty much caught up to the iOS and Android clients over the years. That means you can check your history, and your list of videos to watch later when offline. You can also be informed when an account that you're subscribed to, posts a new video.

If you have loaded the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview on your phone, head to the browser and give it a shot. Then, let us know what you think by dropping your comments in the box below.

source: WPCentral

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posted on 26 Apr 2014, 11:48 6

1. asksmart (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Google think it's smart.... rethink. catch up.... microsoft lol

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 11:59 8

2. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


MS can make Google's apps better, but Google doesn't allow this.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:06 8

3. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Well, no one will allow if you break their terms & conditions...
MS did exactly that...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:10 6

4. papss (unregistered)


It was still a better version of YouTube..

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:16 7

7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


But breaking terms & rules intentionally won't help MS...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:15 2

6. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


That's why Google set such T&C.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:21 9

8. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


You're looking too biased nowadays...
Everyone in the world knows downloading youtube videos is not allowed....and MS intentionally added that functionality to poke google...

Side note...MS doesn't even allow 3rd parties to make their apps...
Atleast google is being OPEN...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:22 4

9. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I'm not. You are. And initially, that was not the point.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:27 4

11. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


In what way I'm biased???
I hate MS and I openly admit...
And I have valid reasons for it...but that doesn't mean I don't like their products..i give credit where it's due...i like where MS is goin with wp 8.1....
But I will not support them....

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:30 3

13. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Look at your previous comments. Bashing anything (not just MS) but Google.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:31 2

14. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Which comments???
Let me know...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:33 3

15. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


If you're referring to comments about elop...yeah i hate him...he ruined my fav OEM(not now)...and made it MS exclusive...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:38 3

16. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Check the comments yourself. Like I said, it's not just against MS. And also, that was not the point.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:40 2

17. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Show me some...
I'm not goin to search each and every article just because you said it...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:48 1

18. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Check out the Apple articles. I could say the same to you. And, "in what way am I biased?"

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:57 5

19. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Apple articles???
You mean that patent thing???i said truth there...i never cared much about apple...even though iphone is not for me..it's good for those people who like simplicity...

in what way am
I biased?"
MS broke T&C by adding download in youtube...and you're supporting MS by saying..
"That's why Google set such
T&C."
That's why I said you're biased...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:02 2

20. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


" MS broke T&C by adding download in youtube...and you're supporting MS by saying..
"That's why Google set such
T&C."
That's why I said you're biased..."
There is no biased comment here.

And, like I said, that was not the point.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:10 1

21. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Then what was the point???

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:12 1

22. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Comment 2.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:21 2

25. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


That has nothing to with that...you clearly supported MS on that even if MS was wrong....
That's what we call as biased...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:27 1

27. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


There was no support here. If I was wrong, then that would have been different.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:32 1

29. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


You're wrong....
You support MS on that...everyone who reads this threat will accept that...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:34 1

30. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


No I'm not. Back up what you say.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:36 1

32. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Lol...i know you'll never accept...
This threat is witness of what I say...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:40 1

36. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Tell me how I'm wrong.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 14:02 1

40. sgodsell (Posts: 1440; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


You stated MS can make Google apps better, but Google won't allow it. First of all Microsoft has had years to make IE more html5 compliant. Even with the latest version of IE 11, it is still the least compliant html5 browser on the market. This is 100% a fact. Another fact Microsoft removed the ads from YouTube, which broke Googles terms of service.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 14:05 1

42. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Nevertheless, they can make Google apps better.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 22:40 1

51. elitewolverine (Posts: 2075; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


html5 is not finished, and before the most recent launch of 4.4 it was android and over 95% of androids don't have 4.4, meaning 95% of them have a least compatible browser. IE10 and IE11 had more features.

And the site you show, is a ranking system not based on a 1:1, they give points for what they think is worth it. So a score of 300 is not 300 1:1 ratio.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 23:33 1

53. express77 (unregistered)


Those 95% Android browsers are more than compatible and so close to desktop browsers.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 04:29

55. sgodsell (Posts: 1440; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


You just proved to the world how ignorant you really are. Go to html5test.com and check the browser types and scores. BTW your credibility went out the window, because what about all those users who have access to the play store. What they can't download an updated browser from the play store.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 02:05 1

54. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)


if you remember clearly, Google forced MS to make html5 app, which MS did then Google said MS isnt showing the ads in videos and when MS asked for source code for ads Google disappeared from talks.
i REALLY NEED google apps but google is being a d*ck like MS was being a d*ck in early 2000s with their monopoly over default browser.
and to think same larry page of google said a year that we should concentrate on innovation and not fight wars in tech industry.
Windows phone a real thing. its not like firefox or tanzen or blackberry. this can be used as daily driver without much sacrifice.
i would love to see windows phone progress and may be bring features that will teach apple and google somethings.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 07:50

57. sgodsell (Posts: 1440; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


At least get your facts right. Microsoft said it was impossible because WP and IE 10 didn't support enough html5 features in order to support the html5 version. Now who's fault is that? Its funny opera, safari, Firefox, chrome, blackberry's, and many more could all run the html5 version, except Internet explorer on WP.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:15 1

23. akki20892 (Posts: 3655; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Google should think about making apps for wp.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:26 2

26. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I agree with you on this...
But wp should get some market share for that to happen...
And MS should stop scroogled campaign too...they say google steal data from users....then they cry for google apps...

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 07:54

58. sgodsell (Posts: 1440; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Microsoft even kicked up a stink saying Google now is reading all of a users information. But yet Microsoft is going to release Cortana, and it is going to be doing the same thing.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:12 4

5. mturby (unregistered)


shame on u google. go on ms, we dont need monopoly.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:23 2

10. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Lol...that's most stupid comment I have ever seen...
Don't need monopoly??? And going to MS for help...
Lol...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:28 4

12. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Microsoft is much more monopolistic than Google.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 14:07 2

44. papss (unregistered)


Nice try bud.. that's like saying well he only killed one guy versus three so he's not that bad..

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 21:52 1

50. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


So you want to make the person who killed three to ask the person who killed one, to not kill, so that he can be the only killer? Nice try bud.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:17 4

24. Liveitup (Posts: 1579; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


The future of devices will largely exist within the mobile arena, Google dominates in this area with Android pushing 80% of smartphones alone and growing within tablet market share. Google wants every device to run Android. Google is as monopolistic as they come.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:30 1

28. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Having a big market share doesn't make anyone monopolist....
Google never compelled OEM's to only use their OS, product etc...
They never locked device...
They even let you use AOSP android and they let put your own services on android...nokia uses android against google..where is monopoly there???

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:36

31. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Read the comments properly if you're going to comment.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:36

33. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Yeah I did ...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:38

34. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


No you didn't.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:40

35. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


What was wrong with that reply???

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:42 1

37. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


"Having a big market share doesn't make anyone monopolist...."
Where on his comment did he mention about having a big market share making anyone a monopolist? He said "Google wants every device to run Android." Just like how MS want every PCs to run Windows, Google is no less of a monopolist.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 13:55

38. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


"Android pushing 80% of
smartphones alone and growing
within tablet market share. Google
wants every device to run Android.
Google is as monopolistic as they
come."
He said android rules 80% smartphone market...and google is as monopolistic as they come...
This what I replied for...

And for this part...
"Google wants every device to run Android."
I have no problem with that even if it was MS...after all companies want that....
But what matters is...but what means they achieve it...
MS tries to achieve it in bad way...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 14:04

41. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


" He said android rules 80% smartphone market...and google is as monopolistic as they come...
This what I replied for..."
He's mentioned the market share but he did not say that having a big market share makes Google a monopolist.

" MS tries to achieve it in bad way..."
Either way, they are as monopolistic.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 14:13

45. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


" He said android
rules 80%
smartphone
market...and google
is as monopolistic as
they come...
This what I replied
for..."

He doesn't have to say it directly...i meant that....

" MS tries to achieve
it in bad way..."
Either way, they are
as monopolistic."
How does that make google makes monopolist???
By your logic every company wants their products to be used by everyone...does that make all monopolist....NO...
you're trying to find excuses....
You proved that you're die hard MS fav whatever it may be....
If google uses monopoly over others...i will not support google..but does't seem to be case with you...
Okay it's already 12.50 am here...i have to sleep...

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 08:00

59. sgodsell (Posts: 1440; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Big difference. Google makes no hardware or phones, and Android is free for everyone. Hey look at Microsoft's Nokia they released not 1 but 3 forked Android phones that only have Microsoft's apps and services. Microsoft is using Android OS to push its apps and services. Is Microsoft paying Google? Of course not, especially since there are none of Google's apps and services to be found on Microsoft's version of Android.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 14:00

39. shuaibhere (Posts: 1678; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


"Google wants every
device to run Android." Just
like how MS want every PCs
to run Windows, Google is
no less of a monopolist."
Like I said having big market share or even wanting that does't make anyone monopolist....

Google never used it's power over smartphone market to compell others...like MS did with PC's...

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 14:07 1

43. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


" Like I said having big market share or even wanting that does't make anyone monopolist...."
I'm saying that they are as monopolistic as each other.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 21:32

49. Vanster (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


you two guys, like romeo and shakesphere. . Hahaha. . Die for M$, and die for Google. . Why

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 14:40

46. asksmart (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Oh guys... please.... (XperiaFanZone + shauaibhere) go read some poetry.org or something... you're in love.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 14:44

47. ojz0r (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


I thought IE supported flash? Can't they simply use the ordinary desktop site in that case?

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 16:30

48. papss (unregistered)


Nope I wish it did but I'm afraid it doesn't..

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 22:42

52. elitewolverine (Posts: 2075; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


pc does, but sadly flash pulled the plug on all mobile devices unless done by a 3rd party

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 11:26

56. vipervoid123 (Posts: 138; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


I would recommend to use UC Browser on Windows Phone Platform ~!
it is the best browser by far , based on my usage ~

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 08:37

60. tasior (Posts: 256; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


If UC Browser is the best browser that means, WP has a long way to go...

BTW. The title of this article: "IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1 ALLOWS USERS TO WATCH videos on the mobile YouTube site" shows just how much messed up the world is. It sound like era of free internet slowly comes to an end...

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