PingMe Windows Phone

PingMe, the popular, free messaging service is departing from BlackBerry and Windows Phone. The cross-platform service has had an app available for Windows Phone since March earlier this year. It's unfortunate to see the company halt development for the platform, especially since Microsoft has only just launched Windows Phone 8.

So what does all this mean for Windows Phone owners who use the service? Apps available for both BlackBerry and Windows Phone will no longer be compatible with the service from December 31, 2012. So the team has chosen to focus all development power on Android and the iPhone, leaving users on Microsoft's mobile platform ping-less.

Here's the official statement from PingMe:

"We’re sad to announce that we will no longer support BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices. Starting December 31, 2012, service on both platforms will no longer be compatible with newer versions of PingMe. After long deliberation, our team decided that it is crucial for us to focus on making our iPhone and Android apps the best they can possibly be.

It saddens us to leave you PingMe-less, but we hope you’ll understand why we had to make this tough decision. Thank you for your tremendous support and encouragement."

The good news is there are other apps available, including both Kik and WhatsApp.

Thanks, Matthew Chamberlain, for the tip!