Microsoft discontinues Wallet app in February 2019
Windows 10 Mobile is now heading toward its 2019 end of support date. Microsoft’s mobile platform had already fallen by the wayside over the last couple of years. So it is not entirely surprising that the software giant is now starting to terminate its app services for that platform. Now Microsoft Wallet is the latest app service that the software giant has confirmed it will discontinue.
Microsoft launched the MS Wallet app in 2016. It is an app that enables users to make card transactions with phones. However, the demise of Windows 10 Mobile has been the writing on the wall for MS Wallet. It makes no sense for Microsoft to continue Wallet with the company due to end support for its mobile platform in 2019.
As such, Microsoft has confirmed the discontinuation of MS Wallet on that app’s webpage. That page now states, “Starting on Feb. 28, 2019, the Microsoft Wallet app will be officially retired.” So the app will probably be of little use to its remaining users after that date.
So Microsoft is discontinuing more app services for its phone platform as Windows 10 Mobile approaches the end of support date. Microsoft support for Windows 10 Mobile will cease from December 10, 2019. Thereafter, the company will not provide further updates for that platform.
The software giant has even encouraged Windows 10 Mobile users to switch to Android or iOS phones. Microsoft’s end of mobile support page states:
With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device. Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices.
Despite the demise of Windows 10 Mobile phones, Microsoft seemingly remains committed to mobile devices. There have been plenty of rumors about an Andromeda mobile device that Microsoft reputedly has in the pipeline.
The rumor mill suggests that Andromeda will be a new foldable mobile device with dual-screen display as highlighted by numerous patents. Yet, more recent speculation also suggests that Microsoft might have canceled Andromeda after its company reshuffle.
So it remains to be seen what mobile devices, if any, Microsoft has in store for the future. The Redmond firm will need something pretty special to regain a foothold in the mobile hardware industry. For now, Microsoft is releasing more apps and cloud services for Android and iOS phones.
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