Microsoft kills several Lumia camera apps ahead of Windows 10 Mobile release
REDMOND, WA- Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) Microsoft is all set to release the update for its upcoming mobile operating system in the next few weeks. With that in mind, it decided to erase some past features from the Nokia-era Lumia phones.
The Redmond giant has yet to confirm the official release date of Windows 10 Mobile, though the most probable date according to the rumor mill is sometime in November. Since the company decided to kill off the Nokia brand, it has been making tremendous efforts to terminate the leftovers as well.
Which apps are affected?
A part of the strategy appears to be Lumia’s very own camera apps including Lumia Storyteller, Lumia Beamer, Photobeamer, and Lumia Refocus. The press release states that the particular applications will no longer have online services available, while updates will be ceased after October 30, 2015 as well.
Moreover, the Lumia Beamer and Photobeamer will stop operating after October 30.
When it comes to Lumia Panorama and Video Uploader, the apps will continue to operate though they will not receive any further updates or support anymore.
Are my Lumia Storyteller stories affected?
Thankfully enough, Microsoft took into consideration the people who used Lumia Storyteller and mentioned that the content will be playable via the app, though the stories that you have decided to publish online to the respective website will be removed after the 30th of October.
If you have some of your stories solely stored to the online website make sure to download them before the service gets shut off.
Can I download these apps?
Unfortunately, for those who have not made any use of the above apps yet it appears that they won’t have a second chance since the company decided to remove them from the Windows Phone Store as well.
For those who already have them, the apps will continue to operate, though, as aforementioned, they won’t be receiving any new updates or support from here on. Regarding users who will update their devices to Windows 10, Microsoft warns that some of the features working on 8.1 might not b operational at the new software.
Why is this happening?
As mentioned in the first paragraph, Microsoft wants to concentrate its focus on making Windows 10 independent from the Nokia era, as well as work more on its core-Windows counterparts, including Photos and Camera native Windows 10 applications.
Citing Tiina Jaatinen, editor-in-chief of Microsoft’s Conversations blog, on the matter at hand:
“Our goal is to provide experiences that work really well on all Windows devices,” Jaatinen writes. “In order to do that, we need to focus on making our Windows 10 core Photos and Camera apps great.”
Source: Microsoft’s Conversations blog