Microsoft delivered a major update to its YouTube for Windows Phone 8 app today, which includes Start Screen integration with videos, playlists, and channels.

Previously, Windows Phone’s YouTube app was simply a web link to the mobile site limiting the possibility of much integration.

YouTube, which is of course owned by Google, is a fundamental app addition in the Windows Phone 8 catalog, which is probably one of the platform’s weakest areas.

Previously, Windows Phone users relied on third-party apps for native support.

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