In yet another setback on Microsoft’s mobile platform, Spotify has announced it will end development of its Windows Phone app while retaining maintenance support for the app.
Windows Phone has struggled to keep its market share intact over the last couple of years as Android and iOS continue to rule. However, the platform’s consumer base continues to decline, even after Microsoft promised to support Windows Phone devices with the release of Windows 10 Mobile. And more to the point, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system did not seem to reignite the developers’ interest in the platform.
Spotify’s announcement means the company will no longer be adding new features to its Windows Phone app. Currently, there are about 100 million monthly active users across the mobile and desktop versions of Spotify.
Here is the company’s announcement:
Spotify for Windows Phone has been placed into maintenance mode. Thus, we will only be making critical security updates to the current Spotify app and not releasing any new features nor improving support for old devices going forward. Users can continue to use Spotify on previously supported Windows Phones and Spotify will remain on the Windows Store.
We will continue to work closely with Microsoft to ensure the best experience on Windows platforms and are constantly evaluating the most effective path going forward.