GroupMe app returning with a major new update but has gone missing in the meantime

For those of you who are still waiting on GroupMe (popular texting service) to re-release their app, be prepared to wait for another few days following a tweet published by the company. The app is currently not available on the Marketplace and the company is still working hard to get the re-written app back out in the field.

The above tweet was posted four days ago but still no news for now on availability. The app is being developed from the ground up and should be released (if not being approved by Microsoft right now) shortly. Usually an old version of an app is removed from the Marketplace if the new version is so radically different in code that an update is not possible. The good news is this sounds like the app will offer some new and tantalizing features that many users have been asking for, probably as a result of recently being acquired by Skype (which is owned by Microsoft).

Thanks Karen and Kalet for the info!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • I have been using this app since it first was available for my WP. I’m very excited to know that it’s getting a major upgrade. I use it with 5 other people that use Blackberry’s IPhones and Androids. They all love the app and it’s good to know that it’s now owned by Microsoft.
  • Why would anyone need this with groups built into the OS?
  • Groups built into the OS use MMS and dont work well with people with dumb phones.  Group me really works well because anyone can be part of a group on any phone with SMS.
  • I wish the chat screen in wp7 included pics of the people you are chatting with like the screen shot above. WebOS did it that way. That's one feature I miss about my pre.