No more support for Microsoft Teams, Yammer and Skype for Business on Windows Phone starting next month
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Although Microsoft announced that work on Windows 10 Mobile was drawing to a close back in early October, they still have to stop supporting a few products. Next month, Microsoft will pull the plug on the following mobile Windows apps: Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer.
According to a recently updated Microsoft Support page, the three Windows Phone apps mentioned above will be retired. This means they will all be removed from the Microsoft Store and will no longer receive any updates. Microsoft also highlighted that they will continue to support Windows 10 Mobile, but the system will not get any new features. Fortunately, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer will be kept alive on iOS and Android, but also for Windows and Mac desktops.
Those still using these apps on Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile should be aware of the following:
- Skype for Business and Yammer "may continue to work" but Microsoft "can’t provide any guarantees"
- Microsoft Teams will stop working and will display an error message when trying to connect
Sadly, the mobile operating system from Redmond failed to gain a significant market share and app developers were never really interested in this platform. The worst part of it all is that — leaving these issues aside — there was nothing wrong with Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile.
Even now, in 2018, I happen to know a few people still using Microsoft Lumia handsets. Although they are very happy with the reliability of the system itself, they will probably move on to Android or iOS in the coming months because the big names like Facebook or Instagram no longer provide support for their mobile Windows apps.