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Amazon is removing its Windows 8 Kindle app from the Store on October 27

Talk about bucking the trend Amazon is notifying customers today that on October 27 the company will eliminate their Windows 8-era Kindle app from the Windows Store. The company cites wanting to "simplify our approach" and focus efforts on their existing Kindle for PC app.

That's right. While many businesses are moving towards Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform for both security and higher visibility, Amazon would rather go back to a traditional Win32 Desktop app complete with an .exe installer.

Let's rock it like it's 2005.

Below is the entire email forwarded to us by Benjamin K.,

For the past few years Amazon has supported two separate Kindle apps for Windows PCs. In order to provide our Windows customers with the best Kindle reading experience, we are simplifying our approach and focusing our efforts on the Kindle for PC app.If you are currently using our other Windows app (Kindle for Windows 8) on one or more of your PCs, we recommend that you upgrade to the Kindle for PC app to get the best reading experience and latest Kindle features. We are regularly updating the Kindle for PC app, including recent features like multi-color highlighting, improved search performance, and support for textbooks.To simplify the experience for Windows customers, we will remove the Kindle for Windows 8 app from the Windows Store on October 27, 2016. If you already have the app installed on your PC and wish to keep using it, you can continue to download and read books as you do today. If you uninstall the Kindle for Windows 8 app, you won't be able to reinstall it from the Windows Store.If you have questions (or if you have a Windows RT device), please see our Kindle for PC help page.

We haven't reported on an update for Amazon Kindle for PC since 2013.

While we have heard of companies leaving the Windows Store, few sought refuge in the old Win32 era app world. Then again, it would seem that the majority of Kindle reading is done on dedicated Kindle readers these days and not so much on PCs (though we could be wrong). It is especially weird since an Amazon Kindle UWP app with Inking support for Surface users (highlighting, notetaking) seems like a natural combination for students, teachers, and general bibliophiles.

As to whether Amazon will take their Win32 app and put it through Centennial to at least get some Windows Store visibility remains to be seen. One thing is for sure and that is Amazon is not down with Microsoft or putting their services on the Windows Store.

Interestingly, Amazon has not said anything about their Windows Phone 8 Kindle app, which is still on the Store. It is not clear if that app will ever see another update or if it too will be removed. As to why the company won't just create one app for both PC and Mobile using UWP, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

You can grab the Kindle for PC app on Amazon's site (opens in new tab).

Thanks, Ben and Jared, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

297 Comments
  • Ouch. I actually use this on my SP3... I prefer the store app to the desktop app. Oh well! Posted with the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, or Surface Pro 3
  • Here is the complete details on app being removed from the Windows Store: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=pe_2482500_20... Also states that once you uninstall this app you cannot reinstall from Windows Store :(
  • @RohanRonQM, thanks for posting that. There's also an option at the bottom of the page "Was this information helpful?" selecting "No" brings up a 'why' questions to which one of the choices is, "I don't like this policy." For those Windows users who prefer the Store-based app, I suggest you go and vote here. Maybe if Amazon receives a surprising amount of "I don't like this policy" responses, they'll reconsider or be more likely to release a UWP app in the future.
  • Maybe if people actually used the app on Windows then they would create the universal version. Obviously they are not seeing enough useage to justify developing apps for Windows.
  • Maybe if they are interested in making money... All the BS would stop
  • Just did this, thanks for the suggestion!
  • I used only one option! I don't like this policy
  • Done what you suggested. If Amazon actually bring all their features to the windows app. MS is to blame as well for not bringing Surface mini.
  • Thanks for the link. I also responded with "I don't like this policy". Ironically, I had to leave the WC app on W10 and switch to an Android tablet to use the URL you posted.
  • cough cough http://www.howtogeek.com/162994/how-to-strip-the-drm-from-your-kindle-eb... cough
  • Funny thing, I booted up my SurfaceRT the other day and the Amazon shopping app still works (even the WM app no longer does)
  • Archaic people
  • Yes,  still using windows.  Archaic is right.
  • And what do you suggest we use, OSX? You do know that OSX is based off of BSD, which is even older and more archaic than Windows, right? Oh how about ChromeOS (yeah, like anyone buys ChromeBooks), which is based off of Linux which is to be a cheap knock-off of Unix, which is even older and more archaic than OSX or Windows.
  • Archaic or not, my webcam did not break after the last OSX update on my macbook pro, like 75% of the cameras after the AU, nor did I ever get a BSOD like windows 10 users after the AU, nor did  my mbp go to a boot loop when installing updates like windows 10 did on AU! so yeah, archaic but working...not a junk yard like windows 10
  • soooo ... since neither my pcs nor laptops broke at any point, all the webcams here and in our offices continued to do their job after the au ... that does mean everyone else on the planet had a broken windows 10 after au? i mean with 75% breaking rate i must have been incredibly lucky to have not gotten a single failure wiht over 150 pc/laptops. or maybe your "facts" are ever so slightly blown out of proportion ... just a thought.
  • Have you read the apple support forums lately?  Many, many problems.
  • @mariusmuntean, I think your % are pretty far off. There were a small percentage of people who had the problems you mentioned, which unfortunately is still a large number of people because of the hundreds of millions of people who use Windows 10, but most of us were not affected by those problems. In addition to the statistical data, now just speaking anecdotally for myself, I updated Windows across 8 computers. No BSODs. 3 of those computers are regularly engaged in Skype video calls -- no camera issues.
  • Here you have my like good man. My Windows 10 Laptop is degrading its performance update after update, now everytime I suspend my Laptop, when I want to use it again, it starts from zero, like rebooting. Such a POS of OS. Need urgently a UNIX/LINUX/BSD based OS.
  • BSD old and archaic? Oh boy, you're in for a surprise. https://www.trueos.org/
  • Windows gets the job done in the real world!
  • Let's see you play GTA 5 with mods, Fallout 4 with mods, or most other PC games on iOS or Android or a Kindle. Windows has more versatility than any other platform. You couldn't even create apps or games for those other platforms without using Windows.
  • Lol.
  • Why are you here then? Android is only good on phones. Even the editors at Android Central are saying so. Chromebooks are not getting enough consumer penetration. The Xbox beat PlayStation for the third month in a row. I'm not a fanboy: I like iPhone more than WP, but there's two things the competition can't beat Microsoft in: PCs and gaming. They have too many partners in gaming, Steam being the biggest. There are more Steam users on Windows 10 than any other platform. And EVERY OEM that's not Apple wants to make a Windows 10 device.
  • Yes because when it comes to functionality, ChromeOS/OSX *obviously* beats Windows /s Some people and the narrow-minded views they have.
  • Seriously dude, get a hobby. Why your account still exists is beyond me.
  • Steve... Why are you here?
  • I was about to say the same thing...
  • At the very least they could have just renamed it to "Kindle for Windows" and forget about it. And if they ever plan to make a new version, then they already have an install user-base.
    .
    With what they're doing now, and going backwards, it would make it seem that they will probably complain how there weren't many people using the app and that it was lacking features.
  • I've simply been buying from Kobo for the last year
  • Yup, same here
  • Amazon thinks monopoly will stay for all the time. They are hurt in india and not looking good elsewhere.
  • Amazon is headed for an ugly implosion. They are trying to do to much stuff (that they don't know how to do, prime shipping is now a joke), too fast that costs too much (especially for a company that has not only never made a profit, but operates at an operating loss year after year. I love Amazon, but the hand writing is on the wall.
  • "Especially for a company that has not only never made a profit" Not true: http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/28/12313526/amazon-q2-2016-earnings-repor...
  • They will land on Mayfair and be bankrupt in no time.
  • If you live in an apartment building, you'll see 90% of packages are from Amazon.They make enough revenue that they could right the ship at the first sign of genuine trouble so I think sounding a death knell for Amazon is askin to doing the same for MS and Windows. Sure, it makes basic logical sense but when you think about how pervasive they are in everyday life you realise the bigger picture... Not defending Amazon here; as far as e-readers I will certainly go Kobo from now on (the new one is waterproof too), but Amazon sells so much stuff at such low prices that I don't really see too many people swearing them off.
  • It's also worth noting, in regards to Kobo, that the Kobo app is universal and runs on PC, Phone, Hub, and Hololens.
  • Yep, stopped buying from Amazon. Actually been going through Barnes & Noble instead
  • Amazon has some nice services, music, video, etc. I dont use any of them due to their lack of support for Windows devices.
  • It's the next Google, yet I like Amazon's online shopping experience...
  • How much more inconvenience will you go through? How much more loyalty will you give to a company (MS) that has screwed over its loyal fanbase over and over. You already know you like Amazon's service offerings. Just switch... you won't win the battle you are fighting.
  • They dont have anything that special. MS didnt do this, Amazon did.
  • Microsoft's failure in the market created this. It has nothing to do with Amazon. They are just going where the customers are. It isn't some conspiracy. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • That's odd? I was under the impression that 'Windows' has the largest market share?
  • Android outsells all Windows devices 3:1. That, combined with people not using apps on Windows PCs, means there isnt much reason to develop software. Especially when you would lose access to most Windows devices. A website or x86 app makes more sense. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • >Android outsells all Windows devices 3:1  [Citation Needed]
  • I can't find the article, but it was form a year or two ago. Android had 60%, Apple had 20% and Microsoft was at 20% counting all platforms. Not hard to imagine when last we heard Android was selling 1.5 million phones per day, and that was in 2013. Windows certainly isn't anywhere near those numbers. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Yeah, so you made it up.  That's what I figured. For the record, current total OS usage numbers across all markets (desktop, tablet, and mobile) worldwide, according to Statcounter: Windows: 40.84% Android: 33.32% iOS: 11.91% OSX: 5.15% Linux: 0.9% ChromeOS: 0.34%
     
  • Didn't say anything about usage numbers. Sales. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • @bleached, you understand that is mostly the super-low end Android as a glorified feature phone, yes? Apple's App Store generates significantly more app revenue than Google Play, even while having far fewer total handsets out there, because most Android users don't actually use their phones as smartphones. Certainly many of the high-end Android devices are capable little systems, but in terms of sales volume, they don't make up a very big percentage of the Android base, and fall far, far short of the Windows install base. Which brings up another important point -- you're talking speed of sales, rather than install base. People buy a Windows computer and use it for 5+ years. People by a cheap Android phone and use it for 2 years. Over time, that means the effective install base is about equal (maybe a slight plus for Android), but factor in the large base of Android as a feature phone and you see the reality is that Windows still dominates.
  • Many of those Android phones do not even have the Play Store but at the same time PC users are not in the habit of using apps. Microsoft hasn't really done anything to move people towards the app store, they don't even have many of their own apps in the store. Everything Microsoft should come through the store and it should even handle the installation of programs downloaded outside the store. Basically, the Window Store should replace Programs and Features in Windows 10. Get people in the habit of using it. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • @bleached, I agree with you on that. There's also a general usage shift that will take time, probably years. None of us are used to thinking about going to the Store for apps on our computers, but I'm finding more and more that it's easier to get something there when I don't know exactly what I want then a generic web search and hoping to find some bit of freeware or shareware. I recently needed a Markdown reader for a new computer. Normally, that would have been Bing search and then download one that looked decent and safe. This time I found it faster on the Store and knew it was safe. Also, for all those small kids' games, the Store is fantastic, just like on a phone. I like your idea of it replacing Programs and Features to accelerate adoption.
  • "That's odd? I was under the impression that 'Windows' has the largest market share?" And all of that market share can be reached by Win32, not by UWP.
  • I don't know why you got too many votes down but I 100% agree with you and I'm what you call a die hard Microsoft fan
  • What's this got to do with MS? Amazon made a very stupid decision by going backwards instead of embracing apps. Just to clarify, MS don't own Amazon.
  • Who cares about battle we love,we use windows phone
  • This should go straight to Nadella's face! He wanted all business! MS will FAIL and I will be LMFAO!! They deserve to FAIL and FALL for all the misserable things users have endured from them!
  • You see... I just use Windows. It's not life or death. Each day I arrive into work, or at home, switch on my computer and get on with my job. I play a selection of games, have a Lumia 950, Surface pro 3, so everything is okay.  At no point do I feel miseravle. Are you 12?
  • apple and google funds microsoft with them patents.  they are not going anytime soon.  You'll probably die and microsoft as a company will continue on.  thats the sad truth about you.
  • The Amazon Video app for Xbox is actually pretty good. Why can't this be a UWP app?
  • Yup, they keep emailing me about Prime music. Which I can't use on my phone.
  • video sucks
  • Terrible decision. Does the PC app support touch at all? How about pen, which would be awesome for textbooks, and books in general? I guess they don't want anyone who has purchased a Surface to use their ecosystem, or any other touch based PC.
  • Right? Could you imagine a Kindle app with Inking? Good lORD, it's like a match made in heaven for people who highlight and take notes.
  • You should capitalize Lord.
  • Down vote me all you want, it remains true.
  • agreed...
  • Fixed. lol
  • Thanks. I'll take an up vote now - wait - Lord, that's messed up, Dan.
  • Kind of guesed that he would do that lol.
  • Ok, that made me chuckle.  :-D
  • Would be great! But wouldn't that also kind of make the current Kindle tablets look foolish, Dan?
  • Yes it could make it look like Kindle eReaders are pointless to get. However with some clever marketing and maybe making a Kindle tablet with W10 and Pen support, they can gain huge support and fan-base!
  • Can't see W10 being on their agenda, especially as their 'OS' is a re-label of Android.
  • This may be the reason why amazon doesn't want this on touch enabled Windows 10 devices.
  • I buy Amazon eBooks and just convert them to regular PDFs with contents pages, hyplinks and what not, using Caliber. Then I can do whatever the fudge I want with them in any PDF app (Xodo PDF gets the job done), never relied on their half-assed app, it'll just limit your device to what their eReaders are capable of.
  • And they are plenty in numbers. Don't do favour for MS but at least do it for yourself Amazon.
  • Amazon is all about executing a service (logistics),
    they are brain-dead when it comes to being imaginative.    
  • Amazon is horrible at logistics since they started doing it themselves. They have made a complete joke of Amazon prime shipping.
  • I could never buy anything with the app.  I always had to buy it with the PC version then access my purchase with the App afterwards.
  • actually I had to go to Amazon.ca and purchase my items and then they'd automatically show up on the Windows app.
  • Yet another sneaky attempt to marginalize Windows and the Windows Store, or is Amazon simply holding back on plans for a UWP app?
  • Conspiracy theorists would say "it's a Google-like tactic here".
  • Windows 10 these days are full of "conspiracy theories"
  • I kind of think that this might be a side effect of the AWS vs Azure fight. If that's true they wouldn't be the first doing something like that.
  • Looks like they are taking the same approach as Spotify & Sonos for PC apps - I.e. Back to the 1990's !!!
  • Spotify has a highly functional app... :P (sorry if I misunderstood your message)
  • For Windows perhaps, but for Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile I'd say they don't. The Spotify app for W10M is laggy, doesn't properly rescale its UI, has software back buttons like iOS, doesn't support Continuum, etc.
  • Id say its pretty good quality on Win10m. I use it regularly and the only bug be come across is sometimes Spotify goes into Offline mode even when connects to internet. Although I guess everyone could potentially come across different issues. It would be nice for them to make a functioning UWP though
  • What I meant was that the Spotify app isn't a Universal one for PC (its a Win32 app) and they have a separate app for mobile. They should implement a UWP app and be sorted on all devices.
  • Ah right! I understand now. Yeah would be nice for a full UWP from them :P
  • I'm done Supporting Amazon. I was going to buy a fire stick but not anymore.
  • Sadly, I don't think they care if you will not buy one lowly fire stick.
  • When monopoly in danger. They will.
  • I'm sure they won't but others do it then they will after a while. Last I checked, I'm not the only one not supporting so thanks for the comment but it failed miserably. :)
  • Isn't this the same talk to disuade people from voting?
  • It's actually why I'm canceling my Amazon Prime subscription. It's not worth it. I don't use hardly any of their services and they have no intent on supporting me. Anyways, they probably won't care, but I'm canceling anyways.
  • Lame.
  • Centennial is going to kill the true Universal Windows Store Apps (Phone, PC). Nobody will spend time porting the apps for a full support
  • Ok, that's it. I have been buying books from Amazon Kindle store and reading them on my windows devices just to keep the apps alive. As Amazon clearly does not want my business I'll get my books from other means from now on. Thanks Amazon! It will be a cold day in hell before I consider buying anything from you again.
  • I had a suspicion last year that Kindle would be killed off at some point. There were never any updates and I didn't trust Amazon. I started buying books through the Kobo client on my Pro Tablet 608. The app is much better than Kindle in any case.
  • Yeah, I suspended my account because I did not want to lose my books. I am thinking, we could download them, then off load them onto a pc and surely there is software we could still enjoy them with - even post app? Maybe...Bookvisor Premium? IDK, never tried it.
  • Get Calibre - it has a basic e-reader built in and there are tools you can find to convert your purchases to whatever format you want. Only downside is that its a Win32 open source project, so there's no app version.
  • Yep I agree with that
  • They do want your business....just you need to step up to the plate with a real platform instead of windows.  NO APPS.   Its a windows fact of life.   If you want to use apps move to a better platform.  
  • "Better platform" is Windows. More security, wider device selection options, and many more features make it a better platform. Android (and iOS) are fueled largely due to the "more apps is better" crowd that (for some reason) thinks having 4,000 apps that do relatively the same thing is better than having a few high quality apps. Not to mention the power of the desktop, something Android has failed to replicate.  Why do you Android and iOS people insist on coming to a Windows fan website to spread your FUD?  Granted, we don't have Snapchat, Amazon or Google apps, Pokemon GO, and some banking apps, but by and large we have most of the apps we need every day. Nobody here is choosing Windows just for the apps. We're choosing Windows because it's our platform of choice. The fact remains that there are more Windows users -- PC, mobile, Xbox One, and Surface -- users than there are Android users. I'll stick to my "real platform" and let you have your Android toys, thanks.
  • He uses iPhone toys actually Posted via the Windows Central App for Android (LG V10 or Nexus 5x)
  • Sorry, my mistake. :)
  • Windows 10, the great platform with ZERO quality, tested by insiders for free for MS :)) yeah, the best platform where an update breaks 75% of the webcams all over the world, where an update goes BSOD when a tablet is connected, the best platform where devs are leaving. Windows 10 is a discgrace to the tech world, the fact it has so many installs is because MS forced them on people's PCs, and you do not count the many that have since downgraded to a more stable OS. Even the great SP3 which was and is a stunning device, is plagued by windows 10!
  • How old is this getting??? Hardly a troll in sight the past few days with 'moderate' good news. An article about a withdrawal and you can suddenly cross EVERY bridge without a toll!!
  • Your point is simply illogical. Yes you need a real platform for apps. Windows 8/10 is a real platform with excellent tools to write apps. But why NO APPS (which is false by the way) has any bearing on Amazon to have a Kindle App on Windows 8/10. What you need are customers. Windows 8/10 has a desktop OS market share of 22% and OSX (adding all versions) has less than 4% market share. I would say Windows 10 is a more real platform than OSX. Amazon is not seeing me as a Kindle customer and I would not see Amazon as my book vendor.
  • But people don't use apps on those platforms. Websites and full desktop programs make more sense. Apps are for phones, which Microsoft is not competing in. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • this doüche keeps trolling here nor care about kindle.  he probably doesnt even read books, just windows central articles.  waiting, like a fckng snake for an article like this or any windows mobile related.  never seen him comment on xbox articles or office, or anything that maybe too ''positive'' for him.  go back to licking Larry Page and ERic Schmidtts balls.  Google would not exist today if it wasnt for Windows.  Get that ****.  Google is a leech.  Ban any google software (chrome, etc etc.)  on a windows platform and we will sure cripple them.  Theyre lucky the law is on their side.  You're proabbly using a windows PC considering macbooks and chromebooks are a POS.  LMAO
  • Is this how they create the best experience for their customers? Amazon seems to be going from bad to worse while saying they are improving.
  • and yet, Amazon is losing billions of dollars and profit margins are shrinking - they keep doing things to alienate their users and make a worse experience.
    .
    Someday they will realize that Amazon IS AT FAULT
  • I didn't realise Amazon was losing billions, but I can understand why.
    I used to nearly always buy from Amazon, and for a couple of reasons. Lowest price (including free delivery) and convenience.
    However, now I have to double check the prices, not only with other websites, but some high-street shops are sometimes cheaper for what I'm looking at. Additionally, has anyone tried buying protein powder from amazon recently... They shove their amazon pantry version of the same products as those which are available from Amazon standard (and I'm not talking about a marketplace seller either, but I'll get to those!) in your face, which are only available to prime members, yet its more expensive (plus you have to pay for delivery!) If you do find a marketplace seller cheaper, you get stung on postage cost, as often they're not eligible for the free delivery.
    Finally, by the time I've made sufficient purchases to be eligible for free delivery, the parcel, when it arrives, cant always be left and so I have to collect it from somewhere else.
    All in all, the convenience that amazon once offered has gone. I find it is often quicker, cheaper and more satisfying getting my stuff from a local shop. YMMV, but that my feeling on it.
  • sorry but I meant to say millions. There was an article on Neowin and Android Central about 6 months ago stating that Amazon Inc hasn't made any profits since late 2006.
  • Um, Amazon has posted 5 straight quarters of increasing revenues and profits... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • amazon revenues are high thanks to their cloud-service​ though, so RohanRonQM point stan​d.
  • wow, the kindle app was one of the first non generic apps in the store that I remember. I never used it, but I remember it
  • I believe all Surface models come with the Kindle app pre-installed
  • who the hell takes their pc on holiday..!!
    If they think I am buying a kindle just to read books they can do one, guess I'll be buying my holiday books elsewhere from now on...
  • The app works on tablet pcs and laptops, people take tablets and laptops on holiday  
  • Bye all.....it's been fun.
  • I hope that iPhone has better text rendering, because clearly you didn't read how this article was about PCs.
  • Quite possible that he did read the article and has a Win8 tablet he's been using the Kindle app with.
  • only the windows 8 rt tablets will have a problem, amazon is still supporting the x86 version of the app
  • Yep
  • Douchebags unite!
  • yes,  they are doing a great job here.  uniting for a failed platform of windows 10.   
  • you do realize that any windows 10 computer can use the amazon x86 application, nah i kid.... your only trolling
  • Zzzzzzz
  • This one sucks... It seems to me that Amazon punishes Microsoft for being a competitor in a completely different segment of the technology space.
  • let's remember that Amazon's Fire Phone and Fire tablets were a huge failure.
  • Fire phone was a failure, but the Fire Tablets have helped make Amazon a top tablet supplier. Not that they are great tablets, they are simply good enough for the price.
  • Fire tablets a huge failure? Lol!
  • @WindowsCentral are there any other solid alternatives?
  • Fuzzy,  Yes,  there are two GREAT SOLID ALTERNATIVES.    they are called APPLE and GOOGLE.   They provide everything that windows and microsoft can't.
  • He/she asked for alternatives. Not downgrades... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • WM10 is so far in the gutter that the only downgrade I can see are flip-phones
  • The phone app is still there, this article is about the PC/Tablet app
  • Lol you mentioned Win10m, even though the mobile OS wasn't mentioned in the article or the comments. The fact your comment doesn't even remotely have any solid ground shows you're grasping at straws
  • The fact that you cant comprehend Steve and Rudz's comments shows your fanboyism is blinding you.
  • I love it when people blindly throw the accusation of being a fan boy at people. You have no idea what my opinions are on iOS and android (iOS I hate due to experience, but I don't have much of an issue with Android), but obviously, common logic suggests that if I reply to a troll, who is obviously blinded by hate for the company due to their common comments of every single article, that makes me a fanboy. Something I'm far from. Gotta love your logic. So no, I'm not "blinded by fanboyism" as I am very open minded on multiple OS's. I can very easily list a long list of good and bad of Win10m, just like I can on Android/iOS. Maybe recheck your definitions of "Fanboy". Also, how does it make me a fanboy, because I replied saying "This article had nothing to do with win10m" :)???
  • you keep using your beloved windows 10 phone, soon you'll end up having only 1st party apps from MS :)) even Facebook raised the bar for their app to 2GB of RAM :)))) and while it currently works on 1GB phone, it won't soon :))) Some called Facebook crazy for this, I call them smart for not wasting their time working on a failed platform!
  • oh are you telling me that "APPLE and GOOGLE" have an ebook app on Windows 10?
  • LOL, this one is FUNNY!!!
  • So why aren't you over there then. EVERYTHING? Really?? Time you we're able to quantify your comments.
  • Haha, looks like we have a clown here.
  • I laugh at the thought that you seem to have a tantrum every time someone says something good about Win10. Sorry, are we hurting your iOS pride? Poor kid
  • Anyway I was not using it. So, Big deal...
  • The pc has allot more features than the Store version. I've been using it to read my .mobi and other ebooks on my surface for a while now. While not ideal its ok on a Surface. However i feel like this is just the first step and the mobile version will follow. That would be a devastating loss. Heck i read work related Kindle ebooks on my Lumia 950XL all the time at work for notes and tips/etc.
  • However, if you already have the app, you can continue to use it without any issues. Just no more updates
  • Eh... I guess they can refund my purchases then?
  • I'm calling their support line and asking for a refund for all my books over the last 2 years.
  • Maybe if enough people do that, they'll realize the need for a UWP app. Or not. It is Amazon after all.
  • So is the Kindle app in the Windows 10 Store the same app--i.e. is it also being removed from the Windows 10 Store? I use the Kindle app on my Surface Pro 4, Surface RT, and Windows Phone 8.1. I tried the desktop app once; it's awful. This is not good, especially if Amazon's Audible app goes next. I guess I'll start buying from Kobo instead.
  • Yes. You can continue to use it, but can't re-download it. Only the desktop Win32 app going forward.
  • I know Amazon claimed you won't be allowed to re-download after they pull it, but I would be suprised if they actually manage to enforce that limitation.
    The Windows Store does not differentiate free or paid apps, regardless of the price you pay, even $0, you're considered as owning the app. So far every app purchased from companies that dissapeared got hidden from new customers, but are still available for download to existing owners through "my library". The only solution I can see would be to build a dummy app that advertises the desktop replacement and submit it as an update to the existing store app, but then it would get applied to every devices and wouldn't let people who already installed it keep using it as they also claim in the same e-mail.
  • Not every app. See: FIFA 2014, Tentacles, for example.
  • I didn't get Fifa back in 2014, but I did get Tentacles on my Windows Phone 7 back when it got released. It dissapeared from the Windows Phone 8 store for compatibility reasons, but Windows 10 Mobile brought WP7 XNA compatibility back, and I can confirm I have Tentacles installed and working on my Windows 10 Mobile phone right now. It won't appear in the store for people even searching for it, but it is available to install again for people who own it from the "my library" games list.
  • Wait, what? *checks My Library* You are correct! Wow. Thanks for the heads up!
  • I never had it for my Windows phone 7...but I just downloaded this weekend
  • As far as I can tell, Tentacles isn't listed anymore. Are you sure you're not talking about "Tentacles: Enter the Mind", which is a Win8/WP8 sequel to the original Tentacles? ​Tentacles (original) (WP7) : https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
    Tentacles:ETM (WP8) : https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
    ​  or (Win8/RT) : https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
     
  • I wonder if there is a way to download the app as an APPX package so that if I ever need to reset my Surface, then I can just sideload the app???
  • You used to be able to right click on the "Download" link on the Windows app store once upon a time and save the app to your computer. Sadly, that no longer seems to be the case.
  • I think you can look for the package in a website like appx4fun.
  • Surely they won't be removing the audible app. They have recently started updating it again and it is now working great!!!
  • No this was and abandon 8 app.
  • Sounds like Amazon is turning into another Google. Unfortunately that means I'm probably going to end up pulling support for my wallet from the Amazon store.
  • Theres no conspiracy here. Theres not enough users so Amazon pulled the plug on it... why spend $$ on support when its not worth it.
  • To play devil's advocate here, what are the chances we'll see a refreshed Windows 10 UWP app launched pretty much immediately after this one is pulled. That certainly has happened before (Spotify and Amazon to name just a few).
  • Could happen, but like Microsoft, that would be poor messaging for consumers. It'd also be weird since they are ditching this app to 'focus' on the desktop one.
  • Probably not.  I think Amazon hates Microsoft.  For instance, for Amazon movies you have to use the web browser interface, they don't even have an app.  I've stopped watching Amazon Prime because the Netflix options are so much better.  
  • Its quite sad when you look at it that way. If a company hates another company, its the customers that after punished for it
  • I'd blame this on Windows 7 still having a solid market share, which means a Win32 apps serves twice the amount of people as UWP apps do. That'll eventually change with 2020's end of support for the aged OS looming in the horizon, but until then we'll still see shortsighted choices like these.
  • You do make a very good point here. Windows 7 does have higher market share at the moment, so that would be a big reason why the choose the Win32 app approach since it would work on both Windows 7 and Windows 10. Hopefully they'll be willing to move it to UWP as the market share changes.
  • Market share will change when MS decides to put some quality check in windows 10. In the current mediocre state, it won't make a difference. but I won't count on that happening soon, Nadella ditched the dedicated testers and is using insiders for the 90% of the testing job...and the results are obvious. not all insiders are techies!
  • The sad thing is that I've just recently started using this app a lot more on my PC and Surface Pro 3.
  • Wow Amazon is really cutting back on its support staff lately huh......first the Amazon app, and now the kindle app....
  • Not necessarily cutting support staff, just cutting support for the low performing Windows apps.
  • Awful, Amazon. I use it on my Surface RT 2. One would think Amazon would have a better view of the industry.
  • https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=202085340   "Devices running Windows RT can continue to use the Kindle for Windows 8 app if the app is currently installed, or use Kindle Cloud Reader."
  • Sure, but it's the same as with phones, if you lose it you can't get it back.
  • i think you might be able to reinstall it from "my library" inside the store.
  • You can redownload quite a few apps that have been pulled by going into your "My Library" and clicking the download arrow. 
  • Yeah, my wife uses it extensively on her Surface RT 2 as well. (I also use it on my own, but only on occasion.) I hope we never have to reset that thing again.
  • They must block win32 on windows 10 so uwp will grow rapidly
  • That's pretty much what Windows RT was about - no one would buy it. They also need to add some on the API side before UWP can comepletely replace win32.
  • This is so backwards and wrong.  I guess I won't be using Kindle on my PC again
  • Really sad considering how great their Audible app is. I was hoping that it was the first of many Amazon UWP apps, with Kindle and Video following it... :/
  • Starting to think that Audible is a special snowflake here...
  • So amazon thinks windows 10 base is not large enough compare to winxp + win7+ win 8+ win 10...may be they are right
  • "bucking the trend"... what trend is that, removing support altogether?
  • No, doubling down on Win32. It says that.
  • According to support there is a new app in the works. At least according to one staff member on chat.
  • OH COME ON. I love pinning books to Start - it shows the cover and updated progress on the live tile.
  • Ridiculous...
  • Smart.  Why spend resources on a product that has NO users?
  • If they had NO users, they wouldn't even keep the Win32 app around...
  • Are you still here? Your vitriol and diatribe is becoming tiresome. Your 'constructive' comments are actually de-constructive. Whilst you are entitled to your opinion, it gets very repetitive without any substance except your own perceived 'hero' status. Your comments are also not of a mature type, which only gives the impression of your shallow existence, and your inability to grasp the notion of 'constructive' criticism.
  • Dude, you're reading way too much into my comments. Don't be so full of yourself because not everyone is a troll like you think they are. See my reply to Clint Finch below...
  • He wasn't replying to you, he was replying to Steve "The resident troll" Adams!!!!
  • Ah, makes more sense. My bad guys. Maybe these threads need to be indented more... :P
  • you're an idiot
  • Don't be so full of yourself either, dude.  As an example, MyFitnessPal recently chose to retire their app completely, not launch an app based on old technology.  So, again, if users really weren't there, Amazon would have likely retired both the Windows 8.x app and their desktop app.  But they chose to maintain an app based on old technology.  You really don't find that to be a weird strategy?  I'm just agreeing with the sentiment of the article that we both just read.  Doesn't the tag line read "This Makes No Sense"?  Take up your argument with Dan Rubino...
  • Steve, does someone pay you to spread your nasty utter nonsense, or you really just don't have anything better to do? Quite pathetic.
  • :)) look at all the fanboys that downvoted you :)) seems that telling the truth hurts badly :)) Amazon did the right thing, avoiding a mediocre paltform!
  • Get rid of it, It's a useless POS. But they really should replace it with an up to date UWP. I unfortunately have to use the desktop version on my PC because the textbooks I use can't be rendered in their crappy Windows 8 app, yet they render just fine on my trusty old nexus 7 which has far less computing power. Go figure Amazon.
  • Microsoft should just build an epub reader and enable independent publishing through the same system as Store apps, providing the reader and copy-protection as part of the Windows Store, but letting anyone publish books just like they can publish apps and games.
    This shouldn't even be too hard considering the experience they already gained years ago with Microsoft Reader (.lit) that basically was using the epub format as well. They could even extend it to include support for XPS and enable publishing of XPS documents for academics, technical papers, etc... easily from Office as well. Provide it as a Windows IoT platform to device manufacturers, add an extra Office files reader and annotator based on Office Mobile apps, a OneNote optimized for e-ink, and they might even see e-paper devices with native support for Windows-Store-published ebooks and XPS, and native Office files reading and annotating, with direct connection to OneDrive and Intune management.
    ​I would definitely buy an A4 e-ink device running "Windows Paper" that cannot run apps, but has access to Windows Store ebooks, comics, papers, and some annotation apps.
  • I like that idea. So far their Groove team has been improving and improving. Why not books as well?
  • A Microsoft eReader would stand no chance against the might of Amazon and Kobo. Just like WP stood no chance against Android and iOS. Besides, Microsoft under Nadella is wise enough to no longer waste money on lost causes or silly ventures. Your plan would be something that Microsoft would do under Ballmer. Luckily, Microsoft is no longer under Ballmer.
  • I guess i didn't read down further. I'd be against a seperate device as well. Not an ereader but something akin to ibooks that would be native to any w10 device.
  • A reader app as part of the platform to make distribution of .epub and .xps as easy as the distribution of .appx to tablets and phones would be the first priority. ​But as soon as you have the app, the current Windows 10 IoT Core pretty much already provides the pieces to built e-ink readers with litterally zero extra development, so 3rd party manufacturers could use Windows IoT + reader app to build e-reader devices instead of customized Android or Adobe Editions softwares. Enabling Office Mobile to work on such devices would just require to take the display latency into consideration, this requires some extra work, but an A4-sized (or letter-sized) Office-compatible reading and reviewing (ink) device would definitely help moving to digital. Tablets didn't succeed in moving all enterprises to the paperless office, an e-ink device with Office could be the missing piece. As long as people print Word, Excel, PDF, XPS, ... to paper to read or review more comfortably, it means the adequate digital counterpart is missing.
  • I just got off chat with Amazon support. They said they are actively working on a new app but they have no release date or progress to share.
  • Why wouldn't they have just included that in the press release then?
  • The pc app sucks..I've tried to use it dozens of times (over the last 6 months) and it crashes, I uninstall and reinstall and still have problems. I don't understand Amazon strategies. What with them refusing to publish a new comixology app. Luckily the Audible app is the 1 bright spot.
  • I hate that company. If I have to move to another ebook service and buy my books again, so be it. Damn them. This is just dirty competition, no matter how you slice it.
  • How is this dirty competition? It removing support for an app that had effectively 0 users... its called business sense.
  • they see me trollin'...
  • They also have the cloud reader for PC.
  • I guess this means they aren't working on a universal windows 10 app:( I need my comics on my phone!
  • It's time for Microsoft to start selling books in their Windows Store. I never understood why they aren't doing this. It is not just about money, it would fit perfectly to their strategy and focus on education, plus they have the perfect devices for research and learning.
  • We all thought this was coming back when they invested like $350 million into Barnes and Noble's Nook. Then, nothing happened. It makes sense to add ebooks to the Store.
  • Many businesses updating to UWP? Higher visibility on the Windows Store vs. Amazon.com? I'm sorry but that's nonsense. If Amazon has to pick between a Windows Store (as in Windows 8) app and a Win32 app that also works on Windows 7 it's obvious which way they should go (and it's not UWP)
  • This one stings. I actually use their Kindle app to read on my SP4 and 950XL. Guess I'll have to start looking for something that works with my preferred devices. Buh-bye Kindle.
  • At least the Kindle Cloud reader now works in Edge.  A month ago it didn't.  I emailed and complained at the point. As it appears to support Offline modes, I wonder if it is now better than the app anyway... EDIT: It appears to just spin on my browser and books never show, so perhaps it doesn't work with my 1000+ books.  EDIT2: On refreshing it works.  Almost works on mobile, but needs some work (books too wide to read).  I actually think they could make a mobile HTML5 version these days that works well in a web wrapper.
  • I'm a big fan of the Nook app. Works and renders great on my Surface 2.
  • Fortunately, I don't have many books in my Kindle account. I guess I won't be buying any more. LOL
  • Let me get this straight; I could never read Nook books on Windows Phone and now Kindle is on its way out?  Meanwhile my financial institution has no Windows Mobile app and neither does my email provider? Suck this Fhit, I'm out. The long lasting battery life of my 640 XL no longer has me hypnotized; I can see clearly now.
  • Unless stated otherwise by amazon, this article refer to the PC version
  • Do people actually read books on PCs? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Tablets, yes.  Millions of Kindle tablets sold...
  • A Kindle isn't a tablet, it's an eReader. It's single purpose is to read eBooks.
  • Yes, there are millions of Windows tablets out there, same OS!
  • I don't think it's any kind of hard decision for Amazon. They will not kill there desktop app for all the Win 7 users, and one desktop app can be used on all Win 7 / 8 / 10, so another UWP app may be helpful but not essential. As for WP8, very similar story as 90% WP still running 8 and you can run WP8 app on W10M. It's not about feature, it's about user-base, even within all Windows users.
  • Can someone enlighten me why is the Win32 route worse? I can't see any real downsides, either for Amazon or for the users, between the store app or win32. The only one losing out here is Microsoft.
  • Their Win32 app is awful--not touch friendly at all, doesn't run on Windows RT or Windows Phone devices, is an annoying .exe file, and the list goes on. The only one losing out here is Amazon's customers.
  • Maybe if they focus on the desktop application, they can make it less crappy.
  • :)))) what customers?? those 0.000001% fanboys still using this joke UWP platform??
  • @mariusmuntean, both your statistics are understanding of this issue are more than a bit challenged. First, about 1 in 3 people (maybe more by now) who use a computer, including Macs, Windows XP, Linux, etc. use Windows 8 or 10, with about 3/4 of that group on the newer Windows 10 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems#Desktop_a...). For those people, the existing Windows 8 app in the Store is much better than a Win32 app, because of its support for touch and modern U and better protected runtime environment so it plays nicer with the OS. Second, UWP is different from the Windows 8 app, and limited to Windows 10. It's a better experience for Windows 10 users and happens to also provide a mobile option, if the developer checks that box. On the other hand, UWP won't run on Windows 8/8.1. Of course, as the number of Windows 8/8.1 users drops relative to Windows 10, that matters less. Lastly, Store apps (whether Windows 8 or UWP) have the benefit of auto-updates, the aforementioned protected runtime environment, full support for different scale values, which is particularly important on new high-res Windows tablets, etc. Except for the fact that legacy users on Windows XP or Windows 7 can't take advantage of Store apps, Store apps are superior in every way that matters to someone trying to read an e-book on their Windows system. However, in this case, where Amazon also has a legacy Win32 app for Windows XP & 7, they could have kept that around for the shrinking number of legacy Windows users and focused on improving the Store app, either the existing Windows 8 version or upgrading it to UWP.
  • I use the Kindle app almost exclusivly on my Surface 3. The supported Desktop App is abismal to use with touch. So yeah. it's a big downside for me.
  • It isn't a worse route. I've said this often, the only people interested in Windows apps are Microsoft because they get paid for it. Developers have to share revenues with Microsoft is they use the Windows Store. Win32 programs on the other hand don't need Microsoft's intervention. Developers can give them or sell them directly to consumers and keep all the profits to themselves. There's literally no reason why developers should care about transforming Windows programs into Windows apps. Even the UWP isn't appealing. What does the UWP serve? The PC doesn't need it as it has programms. The Xbox has a completely different audience. The HoloLens is a prototype device and not a consumer device and Windows Phone is dead. Some people like to pretend Windows apps are the future (because they desperately hope the UWP will ressuscitate Windows Phone.). They aren't. Not only Windows 7 still reigns, even on Windows 10 the majority of users doesn't use Windows apps.
  • That's right. Win RT API has less functionality than Win32 API. It's much easier to make a Win32 app for most Windows developers. Windows Phone is dead. iOS and Android developers aren't interested in porting their mobile apps to UWP apps. I think MS should enhance Win RT API for desktop PC and make better to use with a keyboard and a mouse and a big display.
  • UWP (or even the older Windows 8 version) offers: Reduced resource requirements. Better support for multiple resolutions. Natural support for touch, which is important in a tablet-oriented app like Kindle reader. It is superior in all ways for Windows 8+ users (and UWP for 10 users). There is not a cost issue, because it's a free app. And even if it were paid, I'm highly confident that the reveune from offering a shareware version is lower than the revenue of selling a version through the store and paying MS 30%. A Win32 app does offer advantages to the developer if they need to provide legacy support for Windows 7 users, who are still a plurality of Windows users. Win32 is also better if the application needs certain hardware or cross application access that is not available via the UWP API's. None of those conditions are applicable here, including the Windows 7 user base: Amazon already has a legacy Win32 app, which they could have continued to offer for the shrinking pool of legacy users while focusing new development on the Store app (whether the Win 8 version or a new UWP version). Also, consider further the specifics of the Kindle app -- it's primarily a tablet app. If ever there was an app that benefited from the modern UI over the Win32 UI, this is it. I have a convertible Windows laptop/tablet. I use it as a laptop for nearly everything... except reading on it like a Kindle, for which I always use it in tablet mode. I'm sure not everyone does that, but I suspect it's the norm for Windows users with that option. That's the natural use case for tablet mode. It's why the dedicated Kindle readers are tablets.
  • Downloading appx now... Posted via the Windows Central App for MS-DOS
  • Posted via the Windows Central App for MS-DOS
    LMAO!!!
  • I would assume that they have telemetry data and can see that most people still use the Win32 app rather than the one from the Windows Store. That's the big issue with the Windows Store, Hardly anyone knows it's there. Being in support, the amount of people that are asking how to install the new "Play Anywhere" games is unreal. They all buy them through the browser then try to install them through the Xbox App. Then when you point then to the actual store app, they've either never seen it before or have completely forgotten about it. People on PC are used to installing their Win32 apps. It'll be a long while before the masses actually move over to the Windows Store for many things. People know what apps are with Android and iOS, but with Windows, it's still too comfortable to do everything the old fashioned way. Out of everyone I know that now has a Windows 10 machine, they are all still watching Netflix through the browser. Logging into their emails through the browser, doing basically everything as you would in Windows 7 or XP. The Store just either gets forgotten about or overlooked in 90% of cases. I've no idea how they could bring it into the foreground more, but as it stands, Windows 10 may end up on a billion devices, but if only 10 million of those are using the store, that's not going to help Microsoft. I assume their aim is to have most of that billion purchasing through the store to take their 30%. But that just ain't gonna happen. WaaS will go by the wayside and Windows 11 will be out by 2020 costing $250+ to recuperate the unmet projections. Unfortunately, it would seem that MS is too late to the party, and all the party tricks have been done, everyone's fallen asleep and no one cares anymore. Phil Spencer seems to be the only guy at MS that is on the ball.
  • Quite true. I am perfectly aware of Windows apps and I still don't use them on Windows 10. I do prefer to access email, all the social networks etc through the browser. And I also prefer to buy programs directly from developers websites (who often offer discounts etc). The Windows Store simply has no purpose to me other than downloading some Xbox games. And this is me, someone who's perfectly aware of how everything works. Most people who don't know won't even bother finding out if there's an alternative to the traditional way. And why should they? The "old fashion way" works. And if it ain't broken, don't fix it.
  • What a bizzare move
  • Amazon may be good with data infrastructure (cloud) IT
    but they are no good when it comes to applications. Slow to adapt and cumbersome.
     
  • My guess is that these old apps don't conform to their new strategy of providing the best search results to their Prime members.
  • Weird. I guess...I guess this is ok. The navigation on the store app is pretty ****** since it is still an 8.1 app, so....yeah, ok.
  • This is so disappointing. So, no more kindle on mobile?
  • Right now, this only affects the PC version, but mobile hasn't been updated in years, so don't hold your breath.
  • Read the piece again!
  • Umm. Ok. Did that. So no mention of removing the mobile app. Not saying that won't happen, but they haven't said that it is happening yet.
  • Umm. Ok. Did that. So no mention of removing the mobile app. Not saying that won't happen, but they haven't said that it is happening yet.
  • At least Kobo has its app available (though not really updated recently)
  • Amazon and Microsoft are battling to be number one in cloud. This action taken by Amazon isn't surprising.
  • It actually is surprising, kindle app with full ink support on Surface could gave been great.
    Apple and Samsung fight for smartphone market and sue each other like there is no tomorrow, yet Apple uses Samsung's chips
  • They'll bring a uwp app.... That's the only reason these apps go away! C'mon people optimism!!! Things are looking up!...........right....right?
  • This is windows 8 app. Not windows 10 ;)
  • Surely that has to be right, otherwise they'll have to pay out a fortune in compensation and no one will trust amazon's drm products again.
  • Surely that has to be right, otherwise they'll have to pay out a fortune in compensation and no one will trust amazon's drm products again.
  • Surely that has to be right, otherwise they'll have to pay out a fortune in compensation and no one will trust amazon's drm products again.
  • Win32 is the universal Windows platform. Makes sense to focus on that. Mobile is dead and no one reads eBooks on Xbox.
  • ... in your opinion!!!!
  • I have read books on my Windows desktop, Surface devices, Windows Phone/Mobile and other Windows devices (Dell and HP 8/7" tablets). The reason I use my Kindle and my iPad mini is because Amazon has not updated there Windows Apps for years with basic stuff (sorting, search, decent sync).
  • It's a shame, especially since their Audible UWP app is best-of-breed.
  • "Upgrade to Kindle for PC app"?!? How is a legacy 'program' an upgrade? Also... Wtf about people on the phone? Or is this just the PC app?
  • Well, hopefully they release a new UWP, or its back to Calibre for me!
  • I  have no problem with Amazon  doing this, nor frankly should anyone else, IMHO.  It's  not as though anybody has devices anymore where the Metro version of the app will run but the desktop version will not.  WinRT is long gone.  Amazon has never had a Windows Mobile presence with Kindle (Windows Phone, yes, Windows Mobile, no). The line is quickly blurring between Metro apps and desktop apps.  Both are now windowed apps.  If you have a perfectly good desktop version of your application, it is incredibly hard to justify duplicating your expense by also having a Metro version.  UWP puts you on phones, but nobody cares about Windows  Phone/Mobile right now, especially Microsoft.  Microsoft needs to drive Windows Mobile market share to 20% if they expect anybody to care about having their apps run on Windows Mobile.  I mean, if you have no Windows app at all and you were starting development today, it would be silly not  to pursue UWP (assuming it meets your application's needs).  But if you already have a desktop app, going to UWP is not going to buy you many eyeballs.  Not to mention a lot of people are still running Windows 7.  
  • The problem I have with this is the fact that Amazon is a huge global company, if only 0.1% of their customers use the app that's still easily a hell of a lot of customers, it would take me all of about a week to create a UWP app with all kindle features, you tell me if 1000s of unhappy customers is not worth spending 1 week effort (Total cost would be less than $10k) to make all those people happy and continue using and purchasing through your service. Amazon is doing this purely for anti-competitive reasons because out of those 1000s of unhappy customers, a lot of them will blame Microsoft and some of them might buy an actual Kindle or a Kindle Fire etc and that is worth more to them than anything. Your point is actually quite valid for small companies or small development teams but even then Xamarin solves that problem and helps those companies profit more while being fully cross platform. For a large company, there is literally no excuse other then not caring about all of their customers.
  • I LOVE MY WINDOWS PHONE!
    For whatever reason it seems we're under siege from all directions. We're an easy target. Microsoft publicly deserts us, and we become the stray dog to kick. But this abandonment is not their fault. I've always had a Kindle app on all my mobile devices and with that, a huge number of eBooks purchased from Amazon , so I blame them for being disloyal.
    So I'm not going to change my fondness for this platform because others are being
    dou...bags.
  • Same here dude, I'd rather quit using Amazon than move to Android or iOS
  • I hope you all direct your concerns on this issue to Amazon.
  • I mean audible is a great example of uwp done right and it's one of theirs
  • It seems Amazon isn't too happy with Microsoft on because of competition to AWS. Oh well, we'll see what song they sing when UWP is the only platform driving windows.
  • "That's right. While many businesses are moving towards Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform for both security and higher visibility, Amazon would rather go back to a traditional Win32 Desktop app complete with an .exe installer." Didn't Microsoft do the same thing with Skype?
  • Then they quickly turned around and made a UWP
  • Don't worry in 6 months they will go back to win32 because Skype has no idea what it is doing ever and keeps changing direction just as things get good and stable
  • Oh come one stop blaming Amazon for ditching UWP...MS does not give adamn about it, whys should Amazon?? windows 10 is a total pile of crap, devs are not interested in it.
  • If they don't have anything to replace it I assume they will be refunding everyone's purchases of ebooks?
  • My problem with this is that mobile and tablet devices are the best for reading over desktop. This makes no sense
  • Why do companies remove their apps from the store when they will still work?
  • To let Amazon know if you don't like this, go to: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=pe_2482500_2076... Scroll down, to the Yes/No question, "Was this information helpful?" and select "No" Then, you can let Amazon know by selecting "I don't like this policy" and hitting submit. (Thanks to RohanRonQM for pointing to the link in the first place.)
  • Amazon are useless. Their services terrible. I buy films from windows 10. Buy games from Xbox live. Watch TV with Netflix and NowTV and shop with amazon. Because all of amazons services are slow, cumbersome and have terrible apps across all devices.
  • Amazon are useless. Their services terrible. I buy films from windows 10. Buy games from Xbox live. Watch TV with Netflix and NowTV and shop with amazon. Because all of amazons services are slow, cumbersome and have terrible apps across all devices.
  • That's stupid. It makes sense by now to go UWP. Or are they planning to use Bridge to turn the win32 app to UWP? I'm sad. The windows phone 8 app still works fine and I use to read it on my large Lumia 1520 screen. I do se myself use a kindle app s a win32 app with small controls and a more mouse and keyboards d design. One 2 reasons I can think of Amazon would so this is 1. Less profit loss from Microsoft by developing and maintaining their app in their own cloud. Less dependency on Azure. 2. Their envelope have more experience with win32 and they think their investment into xamarin is to much money. And 3 they're blinded by the 1% userbase statistic and focusing back on pc only. But they are still users, human beings, and that 1% is still millions of people on a global market! Amazon has meaning with their Service. I think it is foolish what they are doing. One of the few valuable services to keep a platform running.
  • Great! Hopefully they are developing a Universal app for all the windows devices to run on... just in time for the surface phone!!!!  Wait... another one... Kindle is not an enterprise app. MS is focused on the enterprise customer... Keep bathing in that koolaid... the end is near...
  • It's got nothing to do with the whole Consumer vs Enterprise thing, it has everything to do with a sh**y CEO
  • If they take away the phone version I will find that dirty CEO and kick him in the nuts. I've spent over £2000 on kindle books over the years and only ever used Windows Phone for reading them and on occasion my old Surface RT. I don't see why they would even remove it from the store, just leave it there and put a note that its not being supported / updated anymore, simple. Getting really FUBARd with big companies like this that have more than enough resources to support every platform on the planet just dropping support. I'll see if I can get my £2000 back just so I can write an angry email lol
  • In my opinion with running both the app & Desktop version, the Desktop version works better. Probably because the app version hasn't been updated in a while. Noticed I can copy now where I couldn't in the app version. I can browse faster through one of my books where there was a problem using it in the app version. I am having no problems with syncing so far. Although the whole app thing and UWP is the future I'm satisfied with the proficiency and quality of the desktop version. If amazon keeps the desktop version updated I'm happy with it.
  • Can't support Windows 7 or 8.x with a Store App, and a lot of people still use that. I think this is why Amazon basically stopped updating the app pretty soon after it was introduced.  No one used it. Also, users cannot even get access to this app without a Microsoft Account.  In any case, they can just put the Desktop app on the Store (Probably not going to happen, they'd probably prefer you go to Amazon.com in most cases :-P ).  It was better in literally every way, anyways. They can actually see who is using their apps, and from which platforms they are being used.  They don't need people on the forum here to tell them what the best use of their resources is. The worst thing about the UWP is that it's forcing companies and developers to take a hard choice for one or the other, and many are voting against the Windows Store.  I wish they'd just improve the .NET Desktop App Performance and Developer experience, instead, and just keep mobile seperate. Right now you ahve mediocre store apps, and literally stagnant desktop app development in the ecosystem.  It makes my Mac feels more like Windows used to, in terms of new app development on the platform (really usable, feature rich, performant apps).
  • When there is no fear of retribution people and companies do what ever they like to the little guy. But new laws are created all the time to support the public. When things don't affect you directly you can take a casual stance. That is what Samsung did with the Note and now they're being sued for making people paid for phones they couldn't use. So us talking about how companies take our money and use it for their next Endeavour should fuel us to talk about what we can get out of it. I BROUGHT ONE OF MY PHONES MONTHS AGO WITH MY MONEY! It's time to have a conversation about non support.
  • this not about if you like ms, windows or not. this more about how you own and can use digital content with drm. if the company (who really owns the content) decides you can't use it that way you want to use, even it works that way in past, you can't use it that way anymore. the decision is not yours! you are only allowed to use it that way the company wants it. that's horrible. so everyone even every ios or android or whatever os user should be shocked about that decision. you don't know whatvwill happen in 10 years, if the company decides your os is not support anymore, bad luck. this action from amazon only shows how they take care about customers. AND: no one here in the forum can tell me, even if the amount of users are maybe lower than on other os, that developing of an universal app is so expensive that you would see it somehow in the figures of amazon.