On a platform as heavily invested in media as Windows Phone, the ability to access a wide selection of video is very important.
Currently using a selection of apps users can access videos from Dailymotion, YouTube, Bitbop (light Hulu for phones), and many other apps.Â Today Microsoft brings its own video ecosystem to Windows Phone with MSN Videos for Windows Phone 7.
The app itself is a great example of how a simple use of Metro UI can be both beautiful and useful.Â The videos are arranged by genre and there are featured videos on the front page.
MSN Video features content from:
â€¢ Access Hollywood
â€¢ Animal Planet
â€¢ Consumer Reports
â€¢ FOX Sports
â€¢ Stupid Videos
While MSN Videos does not have the sheer number of videos or the word of mouth that its competitor YouTube has, they have a much better designed app for those of us who don’t own an HTC phone (the only OEM with a decent YouTube app).Â It also puts recently watched videos on the Music + Videos hub so it is easy to pick back off where you left off.
Microsoft has done a good job with the design, content and accessibility of their MSN Video App. The app also is stable and I experienced no issues of freezing or crashing.Â This app should be the bar by which video apps are judged on the Windows Phone platform.
You can find the app in Marketplace here.