Mapping company HERE said it will pull its branded apps from the Windows 10 store on 29 March, and development of apps for Windows Phone 8 will be limited to critical bug fixes.
It said the HERE apps were made compatible with Windows 10 by using a workaround that will no longer be effective after 30 June. To continue offering the HERE apps for Windows 10 would have required it to redevelop the apps from the ground up – which clearly it is unwilling to do.
“As the market evolves, we keep in step by introducing our apps for new operating systems while stopping support for others,” it said.
However, it added that “the essence of the HERE apps lives on in the Windows Maps app”. Apparently this was developed by Microsoft using the HERE Platform and with assets it received from HERE in 2014, as part of its acquisition of Nokia’s devices business.
HERE was owned by Nokia until December 2015, when it was sold to a consortium of car makers. Nokia was also the driving force behind Windows Phone (alongside Microsoft), before it sold its Devices & Services unit to the computing giant.
With little sign of traction for Windows in the mobile market, HERE has obviously decided not to dedicate further resources to the Microsoft platform.
The HERE apps for Windows Phone 8 will continue to work but will not be updated, and neither will maps developed specifically for Windows Phone.
Meanwhile, Twitter for Windows 10 is now available on mobile.
“In Twitter for Windows 10 Mobile, we’ve added features that make content discovery, as well as both public and private sharing, more seamless than ever,” the company said.