The past few months have been more about waving goodbye to Windows Phones apps. Earlier this year, Uber confirmed that its app available for Windows Phones will be retired. Uber was one of the feature-rich apps available in the Microsoft Store and it was also integrated into Cortana, Windows 10’s digital assistant.
Uber today released a new update for its Windows 10 app. The updated version of Uber shows a notice which informs Windows Phone users that the app will stop functioning on 1st June.
Uber is shutting down its Windows 10 Mobile app to concentrate on Android and iPhone. Uber’s departure from the Microsoft Store for Windows Phone took place rather quietly. The company last year pushed several updates to its UWP app on mobile with new features. However, in the past few months, the app was no longer able to find location and no updates were released to fix these issues.
When users reached out to Uber, the company confirmed that the Windows 10 app is no longer supported. “We’re no longer supporting app on Windows. You can use Uber with the following smart devices instead: iPhone (iOS 7 or newer) and Android (Jelly Bean or newer),” Uber said earlier this year.
Today, Uber for Windows 10 received a new update to confirm that the company is indeed abandoning its app. “Starting 01 June 2018, the Uber app will no longer be supported on Windows devices. Please visit m.uber.com on your mobile or desktop browser to request a ride,” the announcement reads.
Windows 10 Mobile users who don’t want to switch to Android or iOS to continue running Uber can browse their website in Microsoft Edge browser. Uber’s website is a PWA and it works really well on Windows Phones. Needless to say, Microsoft Edge could be the best way to cope with the removal of the app.
Unfortunately, Windows 10 Mobile’s Edge browser doesn’t support PWA features such as notifications and offline content. Microsoft itself confirmed that Edge browser on Windows 10 Mobile won’t receive PWA support and no new feature updates are planned for the platform.
Android and iOS are obviously the preferred choices for developers. Microsoft is, however, betting big on Progressive Web App (PWA) and it could finally fix the app gap.