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

1. asksmart

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

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

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; 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...

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

That's why Google set such T&C.

8. shuaibhere

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

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

11. shuaibhere

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

13. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

14. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Which comments??? Let me know...

15. shuaibhere

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

16. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

17. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

18. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

19. shuaibhere

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

20. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

21. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Then what was the point???

22. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Comment 2.

25. shuaibhere

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

27. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

29. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

30. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

32. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

36. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Tell me how I'm wrong.

40. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

42. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Nevertheless, they can make Google apps better.

51. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

53. express77 unregistered

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

55. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

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