The protracted death of Windows Phone continues with Microsoft hammering three more nails into the coffin of their maligned mobile platform. The company has decided to retire Yammer, Microsoft Teams and Skype with the iOS and Android versions attracting developement effort, at the expense of WIndows Phone.
Earlier this year, Microsoft ended support for mobile push notifications. So, the company’s decision to cut back software development for the platform is hardly a suprise.
Microsoft made the announcement, which is effective on 20 May 2018, through a blog post. After that date, the apps will disappear from the Windows Store. However, the browser-based versions of those applications will continue to work through a web browser.
With Google and Apple creating a duopoly I still hold out hope Microsoft or someone else will add some competition to the marketplace. I’ve already discussed that it’s a shame the Windows Phone platform is dying but I still hold out hope for someone to give iOS and Android a shake up.