Reddit denies official Windows 10 app

By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

Reddit just revealed that it won’t be releasing an official Windows 10 app just a few days after releasing the very first official app for Android and iOS. Unfortunately, this admission confirms that Windows 10 users will have to find an alternative solution for accessing the site on their Windows 10 devices.

Reddit’s Vice President of Consumer Products Alex Le simply said “No” when asked if the company ever planned to release an official app for Windows 10 or Windows 10 Mobile. This news will surely disappoint a lot of users because Windows 10 is a big branch on Reddit, with lots of users discussing it every day. Although Reddit didn’t specify the reason for not releasing the official Windows 10 app, we assume that the company simply doesn’t see the potential of the platform.

When it comes to Reddit’s policy about releasing official apps for platforms other than web, a lot of people are still confused. Reddit is one of the most popular sites on internet boasting millions of daily users, so many don’t understand what took them so long to finally release an official app — especially because almost every service or bigger company has its own mobile app nowadays.

Try some Reddit alternatives

While the official Windows 10 Reddit app won’t be released, that doesn’t mean people won’t be able to use the popular site on their Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile devices. Namely, there are a ton of third-party Reddit clients which are pretty good and can completely replace the original Reddit experience. Some of the best third-party Reddit clients are: ReddHub, Readit, Hivemind, Baconit, and more.

Microsoft will surely miss the official Reddit app as well. The official app would definitely attract more user to the Windows 10 Store which entails bigger profit for the company itself. However, developers of third-party Reddit clients probably won’t be so bothered by the fact that Reddit won’t release its official Windows 10 app: an official app would mean that users would abandon third-party clients and switch to the “real” one.

Microsoft has been putting a lot of effort in attracting more developers and companies to release their UWP apps but somehow, a lot of popular apps from other platforms are still missing from Microsoft’s Store. This is certainly a big problem and Microsoft will have to think carefully about future moves if the company wants to see more names in the Store.

On the other hand, the company is putting a big bet on its recently announced cross-platform compatibility between Windows 10 and Xbox One. Hopefully for Microsoft, the ability to run apps and games on both platforms will attract some more developers. But if this strategy doesn’t prove successful, only Redmond knows what’s next.

If you’re using Reddit, we’re sure you’re disappointed because you won’t be able to use the official app on your Windows 10 device. Tell us in the comments below: what is your favorite alternative Reddit client?

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