The Guardian kills for Windows 10 phone and desktop app

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https://www.theguardian.com/help/insideguardian/2017/nov/23/retiring-the-guardian-app-for-windows-10-phone-and-desktop

Comments (14)

14 responses to “The Guardian kills for Windows 10 phone and desktop app”

  1. jimchamplin

    Oh, the Guardian?


    No real loss.

    • JimP

      In reply to jimchamplin:


      True, but it could be the beginning of the end for UWP apps. There's not much point in creating a "universal" Windows app that only runs on one platform (Windows desktops/laptops).*


      * Before anyone says it, yes, I know that UWP apps run on Hololens, Surface Hub, XBox, IoT etc., but these markets are too small to be significant.

    • Tony Barrett

      In reply to jimchamplin:

      Maybe not, but it's yet another high profile loss, that will be reported across all the tech sites. Another reason for consumers not to even consider Microsoft phones, ever.

  2. rameshthanikodi

    Remember back when everyone thought mobile apps were going to replace the mobile web? Good times.

    • skane2600

      In reply to FalseAgent:

      To a great extent that's exactly what happened, just not on MS's mobile platform due to its tiny market share. The story didn't say anything about the Guardian dropping their iOS or Android app in favor of the mobile web.

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  4. rob_segal

    Is there a purpose for UWP without a living, breathing mobile OS? I doubt it. Worse than the Guardian killing their app is the lack of new UWP apps from major app developers. I keep an eye on the store and can't remember the last time major UWP apps launched, if such a time actually existed. There are more Centennial apps that are interesting than there are UWP apps, it seems like.

    • skane2600

      In reply to rob_segal:

      I guess my perspective is different. I couldn't care less about "major" apps on any mobile platform because the mobile experience is almost always inadequate. What I miss on my WP is commercial apps from airlines, restaurants etc. Those apps are fairly simple so the mobile compromise is less of an issue. Those kind of mobile apps are important to me because the mobile browser experience is also inadequate.