Twitter recently announced its new app optimized to run only on
Windows 10 April 2018 Update devices, and the old
UWP app will be retired for all older version of Windows
operating including the Windows Phones. The company is
recommending users to either use Twitter in web browsers or
upgrade to Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
Twitter in the same blog post has announced that it’s new
Progressive Web App (PWA) for Windows 10 will receive new
features in the coming days. The company has promised
features like night mode and it will be added in very near
Twitter’s PWA features a consistent look and feel, it also
offers a streamlined experience on desktops. The company says
the new app is modern and works with most of the unique Windows
10 features like support for native APIs. The other
features also include the ability to bookmark tweets and access
to 280 characters-long tweets.
Twitter is fully committed to Microsoft’s Windows platform and
it aims to provide features to all of the platforms. “We want
to continue providing our Microsoft users with the latest and
greatest, and will be adding additional features like night
mode, in the coming weeks and months,” the company said.
Yesterday, Twitter also announced that their apps will stop
working on platforms such as Windows Phones as Progressive
Web App for Windows would only run on Windows 10 April
2018 Update. The old UWP app has been removed from the
Microsoft Store and it may stop working on existing devices
after June 1st.
Twitter’s old apps will no longer work on Windows Phone Windows
Phone 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile and earlier. Needless to say,
Twitter never really bothered about Windows Phones and the
performance of its UWP app on mobile was below average.
Twitter ending support for Windows Phone is not a big news as
Microsoft itself is no longer committed to its own mobile
platform. Windows 10 Mobile is currently in maintenance mode
and only security fixes would be delivered until mid-2019.
Needless to say, developers are one by one leaving Microsoft’s
mobile platform after Joe Belfiore’s announcement.
While more developers will likely pull their Windows Phone
apps and focus on Android and iOS exclusively, most of the
first and third-party apps including the Progressive Web Apps
will continue to work on Windows 10 Mobile devices.