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

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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60 Comments

47. ojz0r

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

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

48. papss unregistered

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

52. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

56. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

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

60. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 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...

24. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

28. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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???

31. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

33. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yeah I did ...

34. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

No you didn't.

35. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

What was wrong with that reply???

37. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

38. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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...

41. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

45. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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...

59. sgodsell

Posts: 7685; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

39. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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...

43. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

49. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

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

46. asksmart

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

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

5. mturby unregistered

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

10. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

12. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Microsoft is much more monopolistic than Google.

44. papss unregistered

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

50. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

1. asksmart

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

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

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

3. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

4. papss unregistered

It was still a better version of YouTube..

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

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