WhatsApp is the most popular cross-platform messaging service. You can bet that a lot of people who still use older devices continue to rely on WhatsApp to stay in touch with their friends and family. However, those who use the service on a Windows Phone might want to take not. That’s because the WhatsApp Windows Phone support will end later this year.
Microsoft’s efforts at bringing Windows onto mobile has been somewhat stagnant as of late, which is why it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that Microsoft has recently announced that they will be ending support for some Windows Phone enterprise chat apps come 20th May 2018.
At one point in time, mobile platforms like iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry were all battling for a slice of the pie, with organizations such as the NYPD opting to get on board with Microsoft’s Windows Phone. However fast forward to 2018 and it looks like the NYPD is done with Windows Phone and have since moved on to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Last October, Microsoft exec Joe Belfiore pretty much confirmed that the company is done with Windows 10 Mobile in terms of developing new software features and also creating new hardware. Based on this, it is safe to say that Microsoft could be done with the Surface Phone as well, a handset that has been rumored but never seen.
Back before iOS and Android pretty much dominated the smartphone landscape, there were several other mobile platforms in play as well, such as BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone. This meant that developers had to release apps on more than just two platforms, but like we said, given iOS and Android’s dominance, it isn’t surprising that support for other platforms is being dropped.
The New York City Police Department has announced today that it’s going to replace its 36,000 Windows phone handsets with iPhones by the end of this year. The NYPD had actually worked with Microsoft to create apps and secure the device when it decides to source tens of thousands of units for the force. Now that Windows Phone 8.1 is nearing its end, the police department has essentially been forced […]
Here’s yet another app that Windows Phone owners have to say goodbye to. EA Sports has confirmed today that it’s ending support for FIFA Mobile on Windows Phone later this year. The company launched this game for mobile devices last year. This “all-new football experience built for the mobile player” was released for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone in October 2016. The Windows Phone iteration is going to bite the […]
According to the rumors which has been going on for a while now, WhatsApp could be considering launching a business version of its app, thus giving businesses an official means of using WhatsApp to communicate with their customers. As it stands there are businesses that do use WhatsApp to communications, but this is done so unofficially.
For a while Microsoft’s Windows Phone was seen as a contender for the mobile space. It never quite had the same momentum compared to iOS and Android, but back then Microsoft was pushing pretty hard to make it work, going as far as acquiring Nokia’s mobile business unit in hopes of churning out their own smartphones.
If we were to turn back the clock maybe 5 years ago, the mobile landscape looks very different compared to today. Back then iOS and Android were still very dominant, but there were attempts by BlackBerry and Microsoft and even Nokia to try and make their mark, although safe to say that in today’s landscape, it’s pretty much iOS or Android.
While Microsoft might not have bowed out completely of the smartphone market, it’s pretty clear that the company’s focus on smartphones is no longer what it used to be. This is why it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that developers are slowly pulling support for their apps on the Windows Phone/10 Mobile platform, Microsoft themselves included.
KakaoTalk is one of the many cross-platform messaging services available and even though it’s not that big in other parts of the world, it’s one of the market leaders in South Korea. There were reports earlier this year that KakoTalk was thinking about discontinuing its Windows Phone application. It has gone ahead and done just that. KakoTalk for Windows Phone is no more.
When it comes to mobile, a few years ago we would have multiple platforms vying for market share. Back then the mobile scene was more varied with the likes of iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and to a certain extent, even Symbian. Fast forward to today, the mobile scene is pretty much iOS and Android.
We’ve seen some speculation this year that Lenovo might come out with new Windows-powered smartphones but the Chinese giant hasn’t really been bullish on Microsoft’s mobile platform. It did announce one back in July four years after confirming its Windows Phone plans and while that handset will be going on sale later this month, Lenovo has now said that it has no further plans of launching Windows-powered smartphones in the […]