Like so many other Windows Phone apps, the implementation of YouTube available to users of the platform left a lot to be desired. Instead of a Google-crafted joint like you’d see on Android, this Microsoft-developed version was, at best, a pale imitation of proper YouTube, pointing you to the web-based site. While this remains a Microsoft project, today a new release of the app arrives that goes a long way towards bringing Windows Phone an up-to-date YouTube experience.
The updated app adds a new playlist look, allows for background playback of videos when you just want to listen to their audio content, and offers new social features to let you share your favorite clips. Parents will enjoy the kid-limiting safety features, and the app now really takes advantage of the platform with support for pinning videos, playlists, and YouTube searches as Live Tiles.
Right now the new stuff is just for you Windows Phone 8 users, but Microsoft promises that it hasn’t forgotten about WP7, and a similar Windows Phone YouTube app should be ready in a few weeks for those users.