Microsoft demos Twitter and YouTube support for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft went final with its developer tools on Thursday morning but it also revealed full support for YouTube and a Twitter app on its forthcoming Windows Phone 7 devices.

TechFlash reports that during a media briefing on Wednesday evening, the company demonstrated apps from sites including Twitter, Netflix, Flixster and Travelocity. Microsoft officials also showed off YouTube support. YouTube works in Windows Phone 7 by utilizing publicly available APIs to access and stream the H.264-encoded YouTube videos. There's no YouTube application for Windows Phone 7 but videos play fine from the browser.

The absence of both YouTube and Twitter had been a concern for those waiting on Windows Phone 7 but not anymore. Microsoft recently released the final build of Windows Phone 7 to manufacturing and claimed the company is "ready". Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone engineering said the company is just getting started. "This has been one of the most incredible product development efforts I’ve ever been a part of" said Myerson. Microsoft also published a Windows Phone 7 'advert' last week with the tagline "the revolution is coming".

Microsoft is expected to kick start the launch of Windows Phone 7 devices at a New York launch event on October 11.

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Youtube one looks rubbish, they should have a youtube app, maybe it's still in development but I would really like a metro version of the iphone youtube app.

mulligan2k said,
if that music plays whenever you are on the twitter app, then i am defiantly buying one!
LOL!

p.s. i wants to order one

mulligan2k said,
if that music plays whenever you are on the twitter app, then i am defiantly buying one!
Likewise lol, that ****ing song is awesome haha. Definitely has a jewish ring to it, wtf is it!

please bring the netflix app to the zune hd as well...considering how nice the netflix app is for other devices not having it on the zune feels like a letdown

I agree that Metro is a very good idea, love the animations, clean, big titles.. but i have my concerns about WP7 screens.. i'm talking about that first screen (and others native). It looks to me like a very super ultra minimalistic old screen lacking of color

It may be fast, can include nice applications but i don't feel strong enough

BugX said,

It may be fast, can include nice applications but i don't feel strong enough

Maybe you should eat some spinach then? You only have to touch the buttons though. Don't punch them!

r1zzah said,

Maybe you should eat some spinach then? You only have to touch the buttons though. Don't punch them!

@r1zzah hahahahahahhhaahhahahahahahahahhahhaha..anyway enough bashing ....he actually couldn't understand the UI.
Hey BugX did you see Zune HD interface?

I think the main thing to note here is that it was only obvious that apps/sites such as Twitter and YouTube would be included, but also that MS is listening to user feedback and implementing features and abilities as they go. Even though the OS is gold, and released, as Terry Myerson stated, they're just 'getting started', and I think that was partly in reference to the fact that they're trying to say in touch with the user community and implement the most wanted features and suggestions as quickly as possible. The whole copy/paste debate is a prime example, as they capitulated and said they will bring the feature in an update soon after, due to end-user demand.

It looks like MS is on to a winner, and that interface is just so damn sexy!

*Toast* Here's to WP7; a great new smartphone player, and to competition!

sexypeperodri said,
No offense, but it looks like ****.
I've seen worse tbh, but the UI just isn't for me, from what I've seen. Maybe I'll like it if I actually end up playing with it... who knows?

Looked like the phone took an unacceptable amount of time to bring up the video. I did like how the video is added to your Zune window though.

spacer said,
Looked like the phone took an unacceptable amount of time to bring up the video. I did like how the video is added to your Zune window though.

It only took a few seconds. What else do you expect by playing video on a cell network?

Frylock86 said,

It only took a few seconds. What else do you expect by playing video on a cell network?

He's not exactly demo'ing this out in the country. He's got it hooked up to a projector so its safe to assume he's connected to wifi

DomZ said,

He's not exactly demo'ing this out in the country. He's got it hooked up to a projector so its safe to assume he's connected to wifi

Well, I'm on a 2mbps connection here atm and youtube vids don't load right away for me. I'm sure the phone is probably buffering a good chunk of the video which could mean they'll be able to tweak it more by the time phones come out.

Man Microsoft is really in for something special. I really like how the twitter app looks like. I really cannot wait to put my hands on of the babies although I should be cautious as na early adopter. And on the same note, I am really enjoying IE9.

The Black Mamba said,
Man Microsoft is really in for something special. I really like how the twitter app looks like. I really cannot wait to put my hands on of the babies although I should be cautious as na early adopter. And on the same note, I am really enjoying IE9.

yeshh..just dying for Windows Phone 7 on a HTC device

Faisal Islam said,

yeshh..just dying for Windows Phone 7 on a HTC device

I was too until I saw the horrendous design choices HTC made for their software... Perhaps I'll get an HTC device and just delete all that garbage...

M_Lyons10 said,

I was too until I saw the horrendous design choices HTC made for their software... Perhaps I'll get an HTC device and just delete all that garbage...

I aleady decided to avoid HTC when I saw their multi-textured leaked phone which IMO was the complete antithesis of Metro. This position was only strengthened when I saw the leaked images of the Samsung GT-i8700 (http://www.wmexperts.com/samsung-gt-i8700-pics-surface).

I hope Twitter is also integrated into the People application, just like Facebook is. When somebody updates their Facebook status, it will be shown in the People hub and in the application; I'd like the same to happen with Twitter.

Calum said,
I hope Twitter is also integrated into the People application, just like Facebook is. When somebody updates their Facebook status, it will be shown in the People hub and in the application; I'd like the same to happen with Twitter.
Yeah, same happens with my Android phone, it's a nice feature, would be good to see in WP7, especially if it lets you merge accounts. Would be excited about this if I didn't already have a great phone that has (in my opinion) a nicer UI.

Calum said,
I hope Twitter is also integrated into the People application, just like Facebook is. When somebody updates their Facebook status, it will be shown in the People hub and in the application; I'd like the same to happen with Twitter.

Twitter will be a separate app and I think that's a good thing. I have absolutely no use for Twitter and don't need to have it floating around in the People hub and I wish the same was true of Facebook. The hubs are extensible so Twitter could be incorporated in by a 3rd-party developer but IMO it shouldn't be bolted in.

jakem1 said,

Twitter will be a separate app and I think that's a good thing. I have absolutely no use for Twitter and don't need to have it floating around in the People hub and I wish the same was true of Facebook. The hubs are extensible so Twitter could be incorporated in by a 3rd-party developer but IMO it shouldn't be bolted in.

well actually they should opt-out option both for Facebook and Twitter.

Calum said,
I hope Twitter is also integrated into the People application, just like Facebook is. When somebody updates their Facebook status, it will be shown in the People hub and in the application; I'd like the same to happen with Twitter.

I think that's planned, but not ready for launch. Based on the way Microsoft was talking about it a while back.

And for Jakem1, I'm 99% sure you can opt out of Facebook completely (What if you don't have a Facebook account?). I do know that they added support for choosing who you want linked to their Facebook in the phone, so you don't have everybody's statuses flooding your phone. I'll definitely be using that feature.

not 100% sure on the youtube stuff, it really just showed the website initiating the player, but I guess you dont need an "app", I like how it remembers it in the video screen though.

The twitter app on the other hand looks really nice and polished, great work! I too hope WP7 is a great success, in around 12 months time when my Android (Desire) contract is up I will have a decision to make!

bushbrother said,
not 100% sure on the youtube stuff, it really just showed the website initiating the player, but I guess you dont need an "app", I like how it remembers it in the video screen though.

Yeah, it didn't look too good to me.
Should really be up to the standard of the iPhone Youtube App, which is the best right now.

bushbrother said,
not 100% sure on the youtube stuff, it really just showed the website initiating the player, but I guess you dont need an "app", I like how it remembers it in the video screen though.

The twitter app on the other hand looks really nice and polished, great work! I too hope WP7 is a great success, in around 12 months time when my Android (Desire) contract is up I will have a decision to make!

Yes, I like how Twitter followed the Metro design guidelines too. I don't use Twitter, but it looks solid.

I'm glad you can view YouTube videos, as that will make a lot of people happy (Including myself when I get bored. lol). I am curious how that is working though. And I do think that certain features are lost when you have an app... But I do look forward to using that.

M_Lyons10 said,

I'm glad you can view YouTube videos, as that will make a lot of people happy (Including myself when I get bored. lol). I am curious how that is working though. And I do think that certain features are lost when you have an app... But I do look forward to using that.

Surprisingly, the new mobile YouTube site is actually superior to the YouTube apps. Google said that they want the mobile site to be the focus so they don't have to worry about maintaining multiple apps. If the site in the video didn't look good it may be because it was displaying the WAP version. A lot of sites use browser sniffing for their mobile sites and serve dumbed down sites to IE mobile because historically it was a less than capable browser. For example, if you fire up the WP7 emulator and navigate to gmail you wont get the same interface as you would on iOS and Android. You'll get the dumbed down WAP version.

I think you can place this in the HOT!!!! category pretty soon! This is what I'm talking about baby. Man is that a relief.

yes finally it's confirmed. this will put a lot of people's mind at ease as some people were surely on the bubble due to no youtube support.

Lookin' good! Windows Phone 7 is really coming along, and I can't wait for it to come out... I just hope it will be a major success.

Cool! While most of us knew this was going to happen all along, at least this announcement will put all the "It doesn't even have Twitter, or YouTube! FAIL!!!" people to rest!

WP7 FTW!!!

Suave Sagittarian said,
Cool! While most of us knew this was going to happen all along, at least this announcement will put all the "It doesn't even have Twitter, or YouTube! FAIL!!!" people to rest!

WP7 FTW!!!

I like how it drops video's you watched online to your video+ music hub history so you don't have to go through the website again. That's just a great touch right there.

GP007 said,

I like how it drops video's you watched online to your video+ music hub history so you don't have to go through the website again. That's just a great touch right there.

I didn't watch the video..... that's AWESOME

GP007 said,

I like how it drops video's you watched online to your video+ music hub history so you don't have to go through the website again. That's just a great touch right there.

Indeed. I like that a lot. I wonder how long they're on that list, or if it's indefinite... Because that list could get long if not maintained...

M_Lyons10 said,

Indeed. I like that a lot. I wonder how long they're on that list, or if it's indefinite... Because that list could get long if not maintained...

Absolutely! Whenever I watch a video, I always end up watching a couple of "Related Videos / Video Replies", so it would fill up quite quickly. I think that that it will list the most recently updated pics in the People's or Picture's hub etc., where they will show only the recent ones played, and will not differentiate whether it was a video played locally, or whether it was off a site...

Can't wait to see though... :-)

Awesome! Now if they'll only add multitasking, flash and a nicer list of apps... Oh yeah, and a browser based on IE9 with HTML5. That would make the OS close to perfection.
Why on earth would someone use Justin Bieber for the demo???

wolftail said,
Awesome! Now if they'll only add multitasking, flash and a nicer list of apps... Oh yeah, and a browser based on IE9 with HTML5. That would make the OS close to perfection.
Why on earth would someone use Justin Bieber for the demo???

Add silverlight plugin for the browser, removable storage support and native code installs and it would be a serious competitor, in its current form its gonna be an "also run" sort of speak.

thealexweb said,

Add silverlight plugin for the browser, removable storage support and native code installs and it would be a serious competitor, in its current form its gonna be an "also run" sort of speak.

That's only if you look at it from your own personal needs or wants in this case. If you hit the target all things the majority of phone users want (like youtube), and you do all that really well then they'll be more than happy with it.

GP007 said,

That's only if you look at it from your own personal needs or wants in this case. If you hit the target all things the majority of phone users want (like youtube), and you do all that really well then they'll be more than happy with it.

When you say "majority of phone users want" are you referring to iPhone users? I use a Windows phone and I have the ability to install cab apps, multi-tasking, Pocket Informant, sync with the desktop (including OneNote items) therefore, at least for the time being, WP7 would be for me a big step back.

Fritzly said,

When you say "majority of phone users want" are you referring to iPhone users? I use a Windows phone and I have the ability to install cab apps, multi-tasking, Pocket Informant, sync with the desktop (including OneNote items) therefore, at least for the time being, WP7 would be for me a big step back.

I'm not singling out iPhone users, lots of average users also buy Android phones, but don't fall into the "power user" catagory either. What I do and what my needs are, or yours, or the average person who visits this tech site are probably not what the majority of new smartphone buyers are.

MS is looking at what things people do most on a phone and try to get those things down and working right first and then move on to other things. They always have user data and some sorta % to back up things they do so in that case if you're working on a platform do you first make sure feature A that is used by 90% of your target market works or do you go for feature B that's only used by 10%?

Fritzly said,

When you say "majority of phone users want" are you referring to iPhone users? I use a Windows phone and I have the ability to install cab apps, multi-tasking, Pocket Informant, sync with the desktop (including OneNote items) therefore, at least for the time being, WP7 would be for me a big step back.

Pocket Informant is a great example of everything that has become bad about Windows Mobile. It's become a really crap piece of software and I was glad to hear that they won't be porting it to WP7. Sync with the desktop makes less and less sense these days and MS were right to focus on the cloud instead, especially when it comes to things like OneNote.

jakem1 said,

Pocket Informant is a great example of everything that has become bad about Windows Mobile. It's become a really crap piece of software and I was glad to hear that they won't be porting it to WP7. Sync with the desktop makes less and less sense these days and MS were right to focus on the cloud instead, especially when it comes to things like OneNote.

While I agree that Pocket Informant has become bloated it is still light years better than MS or HTC built in calendar.

As for Sync, besides the fact that there are a lot of businesses that cannot sync in the cloud because of specific security requirements I do not see why I should not have the option to sync with the desktop. 1000 developers were not enough to update WMDC?

GP007 said,

I'm not singling out iPhone users, lots of average users also buy Android phones, but don't fall into the "power user" catagory either. What I do and what my needs are, or yours, or the average person who visits this tech site are probably not what the majority of new smartphone buyers are.

MS is looking at what things people do most on a phone and try to get those things down and working right first and then move on to other things. They always have user data and some sorta % to back up things they do so in that case if you're working on a platform do you first make sure feature A that is used by 90% of your target market works or do you go for feature B that's only used by 10%?

Because I do not think that 90% of the users will be, after using the phone for a while, happy with what they have. Time will tell..... although for the time being I will stick to my HD2.

wolftail said,
Awesome! Now if they'll only add multitasking, flash and a nicer list of apps... Oh yeah, and a browser based on IE9 with HTML5. That would make the OS close to perfection.
Why on earth would someone use Justin Bieber for the demo???

Flash is coming. HTML5 = no. Multitasking is not needed and for the finale, I don't want a bloated desktop based browser on my phone

Owen Williams said,

Flash is coming. HTML5 = no. Multitasking is not needed and for the finale, I don't want a bloated desktop based browser on my phone

You do realise that Windows Phones current browsers rendering engine is from IE7, how would basing it off IE9 be worse?

GP007 said,

I'm not singling out iPhone users, lots of average users also buy Android phones, but don't fall into the "power user" catagory either. What I do and what my needs are, or yours, or the average person who visits this tech site are probably not what the majority of new smartphone buyers are.

MS is looking at what things people do most on a phone and try to get those things down and working right first and then move on to other things. They always have user data and some sorta % to back up things they do so in that case if you're working on a platform do you first make sure feature A that is used by 90% of your target market works or do you go for feature B that's only used by 10%?

Exactly. And I feel that Microsoft will be updating the OS regularly with some of these things that smaller parts of the demographic would use. But you certainly can't fault them for focusing on the major things right out of the gate.