Microsoft drops support for Silverlight Windows Phone apps

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

It seems that Microsoft will soon stop supporting traditional Windows Phone apps, a change that will happen in a future release of Windows 10 Mobile.

No more support for the Silverlight apps

Silverlight apps won’t be supported by the company anymore, meaning they will not work in the future version of Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft already dropped support for Silverlight apps from internal builds of Windows 10 Mobile. When you try opening a Silverlight app, there will be a warning displayed that reads “Silverlight apps are no longer supported on the version of Windows”.

On the other hand, it is possible that current Windows Phone devices will still be able to use Silverlight apps once this latest version of Windows 10 Mobile is released.

WhatsApp will likely become unstable

Many apps destined for Windows Phone are Silverlight apps regardless if they aren’t updated frequently. One of the most popular ones is Facebook’s WhatsApp. The fact that Microsoft will ditch support for Silverlight apps will make WhatsApp unstable in future versions of Windows 10 Mobile. This might not happen if Facebook decides to release a new UWP app for the service.

Investing in UWP may be a better choice for Microsoft

Stopping support for Silverlight apps may be a good thing for the future of Windows 10 Mobile since these apps are pretty old now. It would probably be better if Microsoft invested in the Universal Windows Platform rather than wasting resources in supporting Silverlight.

Microsoft dropping support for Silverlight apps has to do with the latest reboot of the mobile business.

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