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Microsoft to end support for several Lumia Windows Phone apps on October 30

Microsoft is making some cuts in its library of Windows Phone apps. It has removed a number of them immediately from the Windows Phone Store, including Lumia Storyteller, Lumia Beamer, Photobeamer, Lumia Refocus, Lumia Panorama and Video Uploader. Updates for all those apps will end after October 30 and online services for Lumia Storyteller, Lumia Beamer, Photobeamer, and Lumia Refocus will also end on that date.

In a post on its Lumia Conversations blog, Microsoft offered their reasons for making these decisions:

Our goal is to provide experiences that work really well on all Windows devices. In order to do that, we need to focus on making our Windows 10 core Photos and Camera apps great.Many of the Lumia features are already included in the Windows 10 Photos and Camera apps. While we can't promise that any particular feature is coming back, we're committed to providing a great photo and camera experience in Windows across devices, and we're listening to your feedback as we continue improving our apps.

While the apps will no longer be available in the Windows Phone Store, people who have already downloaded and installed the apps on their Windows Phone device can continue to use them, even if they upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. However, since the online services for Lumia Storyteller, Lumia Beamer, Photobeamer, and Lumia Refocus will be ending on Oct. 30, those apps won't actually work anymore after that date.

For users of the Lumia Storyteller app who have uploaded their content online, Microsoft says they should download them before October 30:

"The stories you see in the Lumia Storyteller app on your phone won't be affected and will continue to work within the app, but stories you've published on the "online stories" site will no longer be available from the web service after October 30, 2015. To keep the images and videos in your online stories, open the Storyteller app, select online stories, and view each published story on the web. Then from the website, download all the images and videos that you want to keep. Be sure to do this before October 30, 2015, when the website will no longer be available."

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  • Congrats Microsoft.... You've done it yet again.... Take something that works well, and spoil it, or discontinue it.... Well done....!!!
  • Not all of these apps worked well.
    Their features will be integrated into Windows camera apps for everyone to use. So, yes. Well done Microsoft.
  • Storyteller worked well for me. I feel like MS saying that they'll add these features to the Photos App is an empty promise.
  • They've already added Photo Story.
  • Where? I cant not find this.
  • Photo Story replaces the Photo Hub and Storyteller all in one go....and has great transitions too :/s
  • Except that Photo Story doesn't support Live Images.
  • I like Storyteller a lot and Photosynth was an app that I liked a lot too :| Lumia beamer was usefull pretty often, specially when friends that were in Android and moved to WP didn't know how workaround some of the OS limitations. Food and Drink is another loss I mourn. Now, I hope their promises become true prerty soon.
  • i'll beliieve it when i'll see it. photos app on windows 10 is really bad. i dunno this was supposed to change after windows 10. but all i'm seeing is services being dropped without and compensated app for it and also rival platforms gaining better support than windows( no skype touch but android and IOS got a nice design overhaul) point in blathering anymore too, as if they are reading this. edit: oh and i forgot.....shove the f**ing feedback up your arse MS       
  • Yes, bloat the OS more. It's not like there aren't a dozen apps on my phone that I can't get rid of, not is the OS twice the size it used to be.
  • They said not all. so many will be unhappy includnig me.  They making their own death bed. 
  • Windows 10 is still far from being realeased, and then it will take time for people to upgrade or get a new phone...meanwhile they rush to close wp8 apps...yes, very well done...
  • I'm all for disparate apps getting killed to consolidate into one app. But we all know this is not happening here and these features will not make it into Photos and Camera. There is not even a hint of any work begun on that front.  All Microsoft knows how to do is throw away code, start over, and never make it back to original glory      
  • @Craig Smikle, Hi-Tek, Keith Wallace: they already started merging these app features in the new Lumia Camera Beta.  
  • So does Microsoft expect everyone with a Lumia to be upgraded to WinMo 10 by October?
    This is a foolish strategy. Knowing that most people will not be on WinMo 10, many will be driven to look for a new device - with a bitter taste in their mouth and a real question of whether Microsoft will stand behind their new devices any better than they did their last ones. Will make upgrading from an obsolete Lumia to an iPhone more attractive. Bad call Microsoft! Should wait until next year when drive will have had time to upgrade their handsets OS or get a new one all together.
  • @MadSci2: You are so right. But... I had to change to iStone 6+ because I get my phone from my company, who no longer support WP, and my Lumia 920 buttons (apart from volume up?) stopped working and I must say what a leap backwards it was! Yes, the apps are mostly better but the iOS is leaps behind WP 8.1. So, stick with it while you can! :-)
  • Lumia Beamer works perfectly for me on my 1520 in Windows 10 Phone. Saves me going to a customer site and trying to get my laptop on their newtwork to show presentations. With Lumia Beamer all I need is the file on my 1520 and the customers PC set for external internet access. No brainer and M-Soft has just screwed that up for many people.
  • The Photos app has albums, which was the job Storyteller.
    The Lumia Creative Studio app has not been discontinued, meaning that it will continue to be the staple editing app on Windows.
    Beamer and Photobeamer were apps that no one used.
    Lumia Camera features are already integrated into the stock Camera app.
    I don't know why you are complaining when you are getting the same features, just under different names.
  • Windows Camera is miles behind Lumia Camera. And apparently will always be.
  • It will catch up. There was this same kind of skepticism around Windows 10's "releasable completion", but all that skepticism went in vain. Believe, brother, believe in MS.
  • Soon... soon... soon... when we already have it ¬¬
    MS should learn that, you need new thing that works to discontinue the old thing that already works!
  • "you need new thing that works to discontinue the old thing that ALREADY works"... Best comment for this post. Since the very early days of windows phone that's the story of all this nonsense strategy microsoft love to do whit it's own stuffs.
  • @Malay Agarwal Skepticism went in vain?! Win 10 is STILL lagging behind in some features and functionality with the OS and apps compared to Win 8.x. Almost every article posted on this site about a Win10 product gets railed on by commenters because of the LACK of completion.
  • But... Windows 10 isn't complete. And most definitely it doesn't feel like it is. I hope the October/November update brings that completeness feeling back.
  • "will catch up"? But why should we accept to get less features? Why should we stay with something that turns less good from day to day? I won’t stay with MS and I just can't see why anyone else should.
  • They two are merging on Windows 10. But I haven't seen a Panorama alternative yet.
  • Agree with you windows camera suck. Lumia camera beta is a lots better for everything!!
  • How could you say that.... Lumia camera is far more better than Microsoft camera app.... Story teller app was awesome whereas photos app is no match to it.... And how could you judge that nobody used beamer app?
  • All of the Windows 10 apps are UNDER development. They will improve and are improving. You can't compare a finished product and an incomplete product, can you?
  • You can't discontinue a complete product and replace with an incomplete one.
  • Yes, you can't and they didn't. The last time checked, Windows 10 Mobile was not publically available, was it? Or have I missed something?
    You really shouldn't be on the Preview program, I think.
  • So not done but already done. Clear.
  • Implementation and improvement. Look up these two words, will you?
  • But that doesn't help us NOW, on Windows phone 8. So why get rid of them before replacements are ready? It's completely idiotic and irrational.
  • I can only think that W10M is about to be complete by that time (RTM status).
  • Exactly what I wanted to say Johnny. Mr. Malay has gone crazy. Why remove apps when you don't have a substitute ready!? And Malay, you yourselves said that windows 10 is incomplete, and so are its apps, you still support the removing of some of the best apps like Lumia storyteller? Wow! Awesome thinking. I have always been a biased windows supporter. But now I am beginning to lose faith. This was a messed up move. Microsoft wants to end the phones business for itself. Hats off.
    I wonder what my 4 friends whom I persuaded and made them buy Lumia for these apps gonna say to me. This is so screwed. 'S'ick move by Microsoft. (S/D... Replaceable.)
  • People who have the apps installed can still use them without any problem. They will be updated up to October. See? I am not crazy.
  • So was the Music app and Video app in windows 8.1. Under developement for 3 years. And the end result was nowhere near the fetures of  Zune or Windows media player. The Windows 8.1 Desktop Mail and calendar app where "under development" since the launch of windows 8. They never reached the funtionality of WIndows Live Mail or Live Calendar in windows 7, nor the funtionality on      
  • keep in mind though, microsoft knew about universal apps, they had a roadmap, in the end every one of those 8.1 apps were basically a temporary placeholder, just like xbox muisic in wp 8.1, if you know the apps will be scrapped eventually, would you really put much more effort then what was neccesary in it?
  • probably not, but given your particular example, I wouldn't have bothered making them at all and just leave the integrated app.
  • Do you work for MS? Otherwise let people vent out their concerns.
    Microsoft is going ti water down those apps to create new opportunities for developers. I'm afraid that no one really is going to step up to the lumia's app level.
  • So why the fuck release an underdeveloped app? Shall we release underdeveloped safety nets for fuck sake....oh, wait apples and ass, phones, and their fucking apps save lives: Example --- People hub happens to be underdeveloped (fucked): Ye can't call for help...
  • They haven't RELEASED any underdeveloped app. Man, is Preview so hard to understand?
  • you're assuming that everyone gets the (win10mo) update before they remove said apps. Which will never happen. So, assume I have an existing Lumia device and for whatever reason I have to reset it. I won't be able to install said apps and I won't be able to install the supposed replacement app because it will be targeted to Win10. so i will be left out with no replacement 
  • No Microsoft camera is much faster than lumia camera and also click nice pic
  • Can I have some of the weed that you are smoking?
  • You forgot panorama!  
  • Why not they make available all the Lumia apps for all windows devices by rebranding them ???? Is it so tough?? Or integrate all the features in to the Camera and Photos app
  • well, some like story teller you could do thatr, but most of lumias photo apps were built speciufically around nokia's hardware, their would likely be a pretty good amount of re development to make them work well on othe rphones with differnet types of hardware, and if they are gonna re develop them anyway, why not just build them into defualt windows apps?
  • Seriously Lumia beamer,photobeamer was something really great to show off and amaze lagdroid users...
  • True. Or to play around and have two phones render each other.
  • I used Photobeamer often at my workplace and it worked well. This constant change and deletion of apps is making me ready to go back to ios. I think MS just wants us all to give up and so they have the perfect excuse to exit the Mobil market. The only thing that would save them is a Surface phone running w10.
  • I keep reading this and I fail to see why a Surface branded phone would save them. It would still face the same issues.
  • Good news is that Microsoft may be porting them to iOS and Android.
  • Seriously. What about Lumia Panorama? There's no replacement for that.
  • Photosynth... Oh wait...
  • Yet. But there would be one. I made some great shots with that particular app... But it's been unreliable recently.
  • Lumia panorama has always gotten comments from iPhone users as to how well it works. And what about Living Images/Lumia Moments? Another thing that people ooh and ahh over. AFIK the only way to view those right now is through the Storyteller app. Lumia Refocus is also a feature that, while being obscure to most smartphone users, when they see it happen, they're like "I so gotta have that". So Microsoft better make sure they have adequate replacements before they kill off these great apps.
  • They wouldn't, as far as I understand Microsoft, kill apps without planning replacements.
  • Seriously, no panorama in camera app and with the horrible photos app ms really listens to our feedbacks!
  • Feedback: We want all those amazing features of storyteller and stuffs in one app! It'd be great.
    Microsoft: Sure, we'll delete all those amazing apps. :) That's how they read the feedbacks.
  • But seriously, tell me, who on earth gave such a feedback that they had to remove those apps? You messed up this time Microsoft. I think, I spent 7 years on windows phones, but for no use. Everything wasted.
  • Basically.   Food & Drink and Health & Fitness were daily apps for me while Travel was that app I enjoy having the live tile on my start screen.   This sucks.
  • Tried them all, use none of them.  Obviously not enough people are using them to make it worth continue development and support.  It is unfortunate, but a reality.
  • The same logic applies to Windows Phones. Did you forget its market share before commenting?
  • True, but there are probably less than 5% of Windows Phone users that are using these apps. When we are talking about a 3% total market share, that is really small number of users. These apps are not going to save Windows "phones", it is the Windows 10 features that hopefully will. That is what they need to focus on.
  • "And we'll be bringing all these apps that you so dearly loved to iOS.",
    Satya Nadella concluded, his face turning into a viscious grin, while he rubbed his hands, like a sinister mastermind... ^.^
  • Couldn't agree more. This for me is the final nail in thw Windows Phone coffin, my next phone will be iPhone or Android, with Microsoft porting all key services to these platforms and supporting them better then on WP plus killing all unique apps and features WP has, there is no reason to stick with WP anymore. The only way I would even remotely consider a future WP device is if it was a true successor of the 1020 with at least 41mp camera or better, but the way Microsoft is going killing everything Nokia built up I don't see that ever happening. What a sad end to it after being with Windows Mobile since 2003 and then with WP since the first WP7 devices came out. Well done Microsoft you effectively killed another promising platform.  
  • Exactly, they forgot all the people who came from Nokia to WP thanks to the camera capabilities that now they are killing!!!
  • Pretty much my thoughts. More so after seeing the 950-950XL renders also knowing full well that the device I'm learning to it the 950XL which will be exclusive to you know who. There are a couple of Android devices that look very nice . I figured I can grab that still have outlook and office. With the added bonus of " for your iPhone Android device" and not having to say dam no WP. We been with Microsoft mobile for ten years and for the past 5 years every device I wanted was an exclusive to at&t and they can't beat my family plan with T-MO we have 3 L925. One L710. One M8 for windows guess coming soon is getting old.
  • Bright side is: We now know the probable dates for windows mobile 10
  • *looks at MS Photo app* Wow.
  • Tim Cook and Larry Page are laughing their asses off. "Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself?" :D
  • @Torulf:
    You definitely made my day!
    The sad thing is, that the bullied kid this time around is IN FACT beating ITSELF, without any "assistance".
  • It was am endless tapping and scrolling. Everyone (phone manufacturers) nowadays has it embedded in the photo app. They are removing it because will probably consolidate the experience in one app.
  • This video perfectly sums up the situation
  • That was very good (I am sad to say)!
  • ROFL!!! I almost died of laughing really! This is what I feel too!
    Nice that this classic meme still great. Old but gold as they say. Man, why this post didn't get enough upvotes! XD
    Also this is the only thing I agree with Hitler. Even Hitler is frustrated. LOL!
  • sadly true
  • So now Microsoft will put their W10M retards (the once that could not find a new job outside MS) to come up with something that will outshine the Nokia-apps? And, this will be done before W10M is released? Why do I think that they will fail (again) and that the WP/W10M platform will have even less features than it had before?  Micrsoft, FYI, the problem with WP was not that we had too many features…
  • They have to remove it to avoid redundancy. You don't need 5 separate apps if you can have one that does most of it if not all.
  • Now let's vote what to remove, maybe the Phone app!!! Seriously, if they want to remove things, they have to make sure the new and better one is ready and not leave us missing features we love. Microsoft based on its track record, they're not too fond returning features they've removed and if they do return it tends to be not-as-good ones. I really hope Refocus and other camera apps will be integrated to new Camera app and make sure they have to be better, not returning half-baked ones then to be removed again because few people use it/people don't like it. Also Storyteller is one of the best Photos app in Windows Phone which beats the Photos app quite easily in many areas. Now they will removed it and let us stuck with uncertain Photos app (both desktop/tablet and mobile). Great! So that there will be no better comparison to Photos app? Not. Storyteller is what Photos app should be at least and some other features based from old Photos app/hub in Windows 8 and WP8. The only big speciality about Photos app is the seamless OneDrive all collections and smart hiding of duplications, which that's the most important bit I find so far. Even OneDrive integration is even half-baked. No OneDrive Albums and Tags, also Photos app scans everything in OneDrive, so all of my graphic design and artwork projects cluttering the Photos app.
  • Yea, I miss the following feature of story teller:
    Group photos together (yea, I know there is one drive album, but can I do that without uploading my photos on my limited network)
    Add description to photos
    Check the photo location
  • Dear MSFT, Just give us Bluetooth folder first.
  • WTH is Bluetooth folder? Seriously, i really don't know. what is it?
  • I think he is talking about the bluetooth folder in android in which all the files recieved by bluetooth will be saved and can be viewed it as an album in Gallery and can also be viewed using file explorer..
  • like a Bluetooth inbox?
  • True. WP don't even know such feature present in other platforms. Just shows
  • Nooooooo
  • One 4 words comes to the mind, "You son of a B***h"
  • Cunts
  • In that way soon window phone will be a storyteller
  • Or at least a story to tell....!!!
  • Yup
  • {face palm}
  • Head through the fucking wall...
  • I just hit myself through the moon.
  • And the shopping list need a update
  • LOL
    Use OneNote.
  • Yup!
    Add android phone or iphone on that list
    Been a windows phone fanboy after a long time and never had android and iphone before. But after I try to use ios and then android, I think windows phone is still far behind, even right now at windows 10. And from everything that happened right now, I think nadella is leaving windows phone behind and focusing on other thing. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • *hitstorm coming in 3, 2, 1....... (Personally, Lumia uploader was super useful for me.  There*still* isn't any easy way to upload video from your Lumia device to YouTube, so having that there was helpful.   Thanks for the kick in the nuts, Microsoft!)
  • Mytube uploads bids easy.
  • There isn't a *native* way.  Paying some third party developer to upload your video to YouTube is NOT a solution.
  • Lumia Uploader was essentially a 3rd party, non-native way of uploading as well.
  • It was a native way on my *Nokia* Windows phone.  Now that's been replaced with.......what?  Can anyone point out a free, native way from within the phone to post videos to both social networks and YouTube?  To Periscope?  Anyone? Truly, the *UN*social smartphone.  
  • Sounds like it's time to move on.
  • Free though...and no adverts.
  • MyTube posts videos to all of these?  Twitter, Facebook, YouTube? Is it free? Is it native to Nokia phones? Does it *not* have ads? Then it's *NOT* a valid replacement.
  • Skip a coffee and pay 2 bucks to great wp devs, mytube is awesome, better than the official app on android....
  • MyTube and TubeCast are my go to YouTube apps at the moment, with TubeCast being my fav. Do I want everything for the Devs done a magnificent job....yes...and I do get better use from these than any official YouTube app on any do I mind paying $1...hell no!
  • Laugh, *snort*.   I can count all the great wp devs on one hand.   Nokia *was* on them. Microsoft *isn't* (their Facebook app is atrocious).  
  • Hard choices. Nadella fired most of MM. He has more urgent priorities like decorating new executive offices.
  • and also port everything to iOS and Android
  • Storyteller is the one app that wows everyone I show. This seems a short-sighted decision...
  • Typical Microsoft blunder....!!!
  • It's one of my favorite first party apps, would have like to see an update that included new music tracks not a discontinuation.
  • for the record, none of the lumia apps were first party, they were 3rd party.
  • Try Microsoft's "Photo Story".
  • Photo Hub is also impressive....oh, wait...
  • Have you tried Photo Story...tell me how it replaces Storyteller and what you think of the transitions?
  • Animation on storyteller make it unique app... also it allows you to choose the folders that appears on the storytelller.... the photo app doesnt do any of those thinks... Windows phone won't be interesting anymore?
  • Stupid MS. Just look at their crappy Photos app. Shivers down my spine
  • Not to mention Storyteller got more features than Photos app such as Places section which is super useful especially when you travel alot (I do). Not to mention the presentation in Storyteller on how we browser photos is lightyears better than Photos app. I already miss Storyteller! T_T
  • slow clap...while crying
  • Lol exactly. I'm coming back to Windows Phone this fall but I can't think of too many reasons to do so other than I just don't want to see the platform disappear into an old memory.smh Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • "hssst" Microsoft....
  • Lol
  • This is the end of Lumia's Babele of apps. It is a good news if they are going to make solid and complete system apps. A bad one if they are not.
  • They are not. There is no evidence of any solid system app since windows 8.
  • Except that they said they would? Thats sounds like evidence to me..
  • Are you seriously reading our feedbacks ?? No has given this sort of feedback. We ask for long forgotten good features and not for you to discontinue apps.
  • I guess our feedbacks means opposite for them...
  • No... more.... storyteller? Its the best app out of all of them! Why would they do this??? I bet you they will not create another app or build in a feature into the Photos app that can do this. Very myopic decision MS.
  • Of course they won't replace it.    Everything that has been ripped out of Windows Phone has either never been replaced, or has had even fewer features. example,  Music & Videos > Xbox Music and Video > Groove Truly smdh
  • Try Microsoft's "Photo Story", the replacement.
  • I looked it up, ill try it soon. It looks promising but it is a garage app and I don't think that's what MS meant by saying they'll incorporate the feature into Windows Apps.
  • Or the people app from WP 8.1 to WP 10.  New Maps app has fewer features than HERE Maps/Drive did.
  • I feel like if I get my hands on the people who made this decision, I am gonna beat the crap out of them. Does anyone have the twitter id of somebody who works on the windows phone developing team? I will make a new account and tweet how much they suck. They just took away all the features that made a person buy a windows phone. Lol, I am feeling so bad right now... Just cannot express it. Damn... I feel terrible.
  • I actually even feel its more like a higher up decision than their developers and designers, they themselves probably scratching their heads for the whole time.
  • Rinse and Repeat. If they do return things, it tends to be inferior to the old ones. Suddenly its competitors introduced pretty similar solution and Microsft tries to catch up (they actually try to catch up what they just had). Its like Microsoft tries to catch its tail again.
  • how about Rooms? the messaging/content/calendar sharing hub
  • ffs Lumia Beamer was awesome. Anyone know any alternatives for any of these apps?
  • Its functionality is built directly into Windows 10
  • Where?
  • Yeah, where is this functionality?  Precise examples please.
  • Pull down from the top, to open the notification/quick settings; select "Connect"
  • (Looks at my Lumia 1020).  Nope, I don't see it there.
  • You need miracast for that. My monitor and my Lumia don't have miracast.
  • Older devices don't have Miracast.
  • Equality should mean bringing the quality up, not tearing down the good things so its all equal.
  • Why panoramic app? Ugh. we don't have a good panoramic app!! Photosynth app sucks! I'm disappointed someone make a good app asap :-)
  • Photosynth?! It is long gone...
  • Multiple panoramic apps exist that work quite well. Photosynth support ended long ago as well.
  • Can you name one that works better than Lumia Panorama?
  • They better integrate Panorama with the Lumia Camera before discontinuing the App!
  • They should, but they won't, since they seem to have complete idiots in charge at Redmond.
  • I agree, I hope the panorama functionality is built in to Win10. It's one app that I use alot
  • Ok, just give me:
    - Location in Photos app (is available in WP8.1);
    - Refocus feature inside Photos app (the way it is with HDR);
    - Panorama inside Windows Camera;
    - Beamer feature inside Photos app;
    - Moments feature inside Photos app. And then we can talk.
  • Yes, exactly! I want Lumia Moments back. :(
  • Lumia Moments is not on that list of items being discontinued. It's still available. You just have to have a phone that can use it. I downloaded it just a couple of hours ago. 
  • My 1520 is not able to download it, it says this app has been pulled, something like that. I know it will still exist but I hope they don't decide to scrap it and say it will be in the Photos app and then not give the app the feature for months.
  • I downloaded it on Windows Phone 8.1. It's still showing available there, but it's not available in the Windows 10 store. Are you running the preview?
  • I doubt they'll remove Lumia Moments, but maybe somehow integrate it to the stock camera. That and dynamic Flash are my favorite features on 930. Now Nokia camera teams and Microsoft are under the same roof, it makes no sense to have separate apps.
  • Lumia moments isn't available in Windows 10... That's a pity. Dynamic flash is available though.
  • Former NDS camera teams are/were under MM. This more than anything tells that all were fired with latest Nadella putch.
  • And put Bing Vision in Cortana.
  • Sorry buddy not happening. Just look at Groove. They promised us a full rewritten app WP users will love.
  • In my case: Just take a look of those great features from WP8.1 and WP8 (Hint: most of them). They can update stuff but seriously removing things and bring back those or bringing back half-baked ones is simply uncool.
  • Never used any of them so no problem here. That Storyteller thing was just a bit gay.
  • How was it gay, its actually quite a fantastic, neat little app. Sure, the song selection was limited but they could have added more songs instead of shutting it down!
  • It's been replaced with Photo Story. It allows custom tracks.
  • Photo Story *isn't* a replacement.  It's a Microsoft Garage app, hence beta.
  • Plus where are the location features and stuffs? Like when you punch the photo and you see the map and photos marked on it. I tell you, this was a dick move by Microsoft. I don't understand what was the problem in keeping these apps running till they launched better apps or windows 10. It's not that they are poor and cannot pay the staff. It just sucks. For the first time in my life, I am feeling so bad in the field of technology.
  • Is there Storyteller equivalent for us from MS available in W10M?!
  • Photo Story.
  • Nowhere near.
  • I've always thought the vast array of add-on lens apps was confusing and unnecessary anyway. As long as basics like Panorama return within the main camera app I'm cool.
  • I only have these apps but never really use them. I think it is wise to focus on killer apps than to have a bag of junk apps that people don't use, like what we see in the Android app store.
  • bad for u lumia refocus best app lumia storyteller good app can make memory of movement and share
  • Focus on what "killer apps"? What exclusive killer apps are MS focusing on (for WP/W10M)?
  • He meant killer apps literally I guess. The useless apps that are gonna kill the OS. And removing the apps that made a Lumia phone ' Lumia.' Dick move by Microsoft.
  • Two steps forward, twelve back. You keep saying your of the biggest complaints is everytime you supposedly upgrade something, you remove half the features. If you are listening, then why the hell do you keep doing it?
  • Probably same as why they killed rooms. Percentage of people using it was low.
  • *Of course* the percentage was low, it was on their *Windows Phone* platform. But it worked fine, why remove all of this, with no replacement?  It's absolutely idiotic.
  • Yeah, the reasoning of few people using it is simply lame. Of course only few people use it because WP marketshare is tad too small, not to mention not even every WP users even use it so of course its few! If they at least persist those features, improved (not rewriting into half-baked) and market those well, maybe it will gain more users especially if W10M gains more marketshare. Also they can just release an app for iOS and Android which is fine really, its a win-win since the service/feature will be used by many and may attact them to switch to Windows platform. It's like saying Office Mobile will be removed because few people use it....wait I shoudn't said that, they might get an idea. :o
  • ya good they killed rooms but y they r killing lumia refocus i think most members use it..........lumia storyteller i guess 10% lumia users use it.....panorama whats wrong with u think modern mobile with no panorama feature.....instead of adding slow motion they just deleting great apps........i think next would be lumia cinemagraph
  • Just because something isn't used by as many people doesn't mean it should be removed. They do this so much they probably impact every user out there with one or more of their favorite feautres.  
  • You can't remove features just because a few people use it.
  • I tried all of these apps when they were released, still have a couple on my phone, yet have found no reason to use them since. I know I don't speak for everyone on Windows Phone but I can't be the only one.
  • MS just gives us more reasons to move to other platform. I'm on the verge but I love WP. Don't consume our patience, MS.
  • Iamakii= Tejas Javery.
    Totally agreed.
  • "We're listening to your feedback..". Who gave this kind of feedback..??
  • Who said to remove a big chunk of their Lumia App Suite? One of you must have said it, lol.
  • Did you read the article, out the blog post?
    It explained the reasoning.
  • exactly
  • Slow-Joe Belfiore
  • What's his twitter username? I wanna tweet. I don't have an account, bit I'll make one and fucking tweet. Dick move by them.
  • Uh. Im worried about Refocus, the only app that don have any equal. 
  • same here
  • A*holes ... Soon wp will get f*cked up even more without any apps
  • LOL
  • Hey Microsoft!!! Are realy sure what WindowsPhone users want??? I'm pretty sure NOT.
  • Don't disturb the company with your crying! They are busy making the future apps (for android/ios...)... ​
  • *eyeroll*
  • Lol!
  • hahahaha
  • Lol! But true.
  • It is getting really hard not to complain. I can't find lenses useful in windows 10 mobile with Bing vision gone. Now I hear this mess. This better get good quick.
  • Gotta say it is getting hard to not complain. 2 years ago i chose the lumia 925 because of its camera and OIS. I said, screw it i dont use many apps anyway and the ones i needed were there. But now, 2.5 years after i mean WHY? Why remove Lumia Beamer? Photo beamer fine go ahead but fucken keep Lumia Beamer, you cant leave us users without miracast out of no beaming experience, ridiculous.
  • I can feel you all! :'( I've been using Windows phones since 6 years. Waiting for those lovely sis to get better. Didn't know it would end like this. Always supported windows, sometimes, I was when biased. But now no more support. It's actually impossible not to complain now. This was a dick move. I think my 830 would be my last Lumia. They fucked up.
  • Off topic: Did you folks happen to check the renders of purported first Nokia Android phone "Nokia C1" leaks? If it's true I would like same with Windows 10 Mobile.
  • Looks like a crapple. Also why would they use the name from a feature phone?
  • It turned out to be a fake as always (hopefully!!).
  • It may look bit bland-ish but its actually looks minimally great looking one. Though it may be looks like an iPhone 6/6 Plus, which shares few noticable similarities between them, but way cleaner than the iPhone 6/6 Plus because of lack plastic bands in the back (Which ruins the look of me, making least beautiful/ugly back on iPhone so far). Though the lack of camera hump seems unreal, unless its got avarage camera module or simply manage to make it very slim but good (not great still) but I still doubt you can fit optics without making humps.
  • How do I delete apps that are no longer in the store from my list of apps? Nokia Xpress etc.
  • Press and hold for two seconds, you'll see uninstall button.
  • They should give the new features first and then should discontinue the app
  • Exactly.
  • This!! How can they be so short sighted about these things? If Microsoft hadn't been such a PC powerhouse they'd be gone by now with their line of thinking.
  • Lumia Camera features are included in the Windows Camera for W10M.
  • Lies... no raw support, windows camera was bad at using the flash, its just gentrally bad
  • Im glad MS is doing this, it clears a long list if apps that I feel should just be integrated for a unified experience.
    While storyteller was indeed great, it had its flaws and if MS can combine this and make it perfect for the photos app, then Im all for it.
    Panorama shouldnt be a seperate app but an feature/option in the default camera app.
  • They should do it when they at least have something finished to show. Even showig the features in development wouldn't be enough, and they're not showing us anything right now.
  • True and agreed; hopefully that will be the case since October 30 sounds like a announcement/release timeframe.
    It makes more sense to integrate into one place than to have to use another app; I would understand if these apps were made by another developer but since these are MS apps it only makes sense to integrate them for a much better out-of-the-box experience, especially for users who are new to the OS.
  • lumia refocus best lumia storyteller good lumia panorama must integrate to default app
  • I agree, but that's not the point why people are angry. The people are angry coz they are taking these apps away, months before offering the replacement.
    It's like they want all the windows phone users to leave this platform within a month, as they will take every useful app from them, and then, when all have left, they will launch windows 10 phones, like a fresh start. Just like a new company in phone business.
  • I entirely understand your point (and everyone elses) and I agree, MS shouldn't remove them before having a replacement.  That said, those who have them installed, won't be affected because they can continue to use the app just like always but NEW users simply won’t see these apps nor will they know they existed, so this would avoid those new users from having to download apps which are already planned for removal, which would make sense as to why MS removed them early.  ------------------------
    Why would users leave if they can continue to use these apps?  If these apps were so successful, I doubt MS would consider removing them in the first place, I’m guessing there are very low number of users, which makes even more sense for them to remove them before any new users get hold of them.  ------------------------
    MS will hopefully have some of the feats from these removed apps integrated into the main camera, which makes sense; I’d much prefer to press a panorama shot within the camera then have to look for an app and open it and use an different UI.  I would much rather have Storyteller elements added to the current Photos app, than to have two apps by the same company that gave us the OS. ------------------------
    October 30 sounds like the timeframe Win10 Mobile will be released/revealed to public and until then you all can continue using these apps but NEW users simply won’t know about these apps for the better.  IF MS doesn’t have a replacement of sort, then by all means have a go at them for it but until then, you all can continue using these apps, so these people simply need to chill.   
  • Never liked any of those actually would love to see a slow mo app on windows mobile that worked like IOS
  • I don't know, all these ngative news are just making me think of leaving the OS, probobly still wait for Windows 10 Mobile, if that doesn't go well i'll probobly switch to Android.
  • Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
  • Hope the view from the deck is great as the ship sinks. But, hey, I heard they have a hell of a band on-board!
  • Can't say I blame you. Although I'm anti android, I got me an iPhone 6 plus as my main phone and keep my 1520 for media, kind of like a big Zune, lol. At least I get apps and games without waiting or never getting updates.
  • Hows it feel going from WP to iOS? Im waiting for the iPhone 6S announcement this Sept and thinking of switching. I just really reallyyy hate iTunes lol And do you HAVE to make some sort of Apple account?
  • Me too!
  • I wish Microsoft would change their development strategy to first, develop the replacement app with all the existing features plus some new features and when it's ready for release, then swap out the old with the "better" new app.
    Isn't that how customer service should be done?
  • I agree, this is just a nimrod approach.  Rip out existing funcitonality, then promise it will return, or a form of it, in some future update, that will probably never come. Ugh.  Morons.
  • With that date I would say the new stuff is coming with the new OS.
  • Been hearing things like this since WP7. Doubt it'll get any better.
  • That's how it should be. Introduce the new features and then slowly and silently redact the old apps!
  • THIS. Announce something that will end when users will not be affected when the functionalities of those are alreafy excluded in existing apps. Jeez
  • If you're wanting good for experiences, please stop with the pop-out menus, particularly in the music player.
  • With former Nokia employees fired, Microsoft can no longer maintain these apps. Nokia's great camera and photos apps are trashed. Panorama is absolutely great!! Just as I thought my disappointment about Microsoft's direction had already reached rock bottom. Yet more functionality (that differentiated Windows Phone) is lost, but now it even affects W81 as well.
  • I really hope they improve Lumia Panorama, taking a photo and stitching it isn't the best idea they had.
  • I loved using Photobeamer :'(
  • WP8.1 has it in the OS
  • What the hell. MS has removed all the Lumia Apps now and they'll also replace Lumia Camera with Windows Camera. Its already a pain in the ass that WP users have to suffer through lack of apps and Microsoft has now started kicking in the nuts. A lot of useful and creative apps by NOKIA/Microsoft removed in this year : Lumia Storage Check Photosynth Lumia Panaroma Lumia Storyteller Lumia Refocus Lumia Beamer Photobeamer MSN Travel MSN Health & Fitness Videouploader You keep removing the great working first party apps from Windows Store and expect developers to create third parties. I wonder why you bought NOKIA MS, you destroyed everything of the iconic Mobile company which helped you thrive through the worst of the times. People trusted NOKIA so they bought Windows phones. Yes that kept your "3%" stagnant in the market. I'm not gonna buy a WP again.
  • You forgot: 11. MSN Foods & Drinks​ 12. Here Maps 13. Here Drive 14. Here Transit  
  • HERE doesn't belong to Microsoft for them to drop. If in the future HERE drops Windows Phone, that's because the Consortium decided to do so.
  • Not sure that's entirely true. I remember that as a part of the NDS deal MS licensed (for some time, similar lisence HERE sells for others) backend services (or extended the lisence) and also wanted and got development responsibility of HERE branded client apps for Windows platforms.
  • No HERE doesn't belong to MS. NOKIA sold them recently to BMW, Audi and Daimler.
  • Yes HERE does not belong to MS. And yes Nokia recently agreed to sell HERE to Consortium, deal expected to close Q1 2016. But that's not the point. HERE'S business is to sell data as a service. MS is one of the licensees. In addition to extension of that lisence MS agreed to take care of Windows clients development (clients are no business for HERE sans marketing aspect lack of synergy with NDS). So in summary, if HERE apps are discontinued it will be by MS as HERE does not make those apps anymore.
  • Microsoft licenses maps from HERE indeed, but they're not responsible for the HERE apps on WP. Nokia is responsible for the HERE app suite (until the deal with Mercedes/Volkswagen/BMW closes). Microsoft has its own maps apps etc.
  • Yeah I forgot but MSN Foods & Drinks and also Lumia Moments but I think Here suite is not going anywhere. Thankfully it doesn't belong to Microsoft.
  • Yeah if they got HERE with the purchase, you can bet it would be in the trash by now, with Microsoft saying they will intergate the features into bing maps and that never happens just like with the countless disastrous changes to other apps.    
  • Removing essential functionality like this essentially killed all new devices for me. Especially when removing functionality.......with no freaking replacements in sight!
  • You are leaving WP because some trivial and rubbish Lumia apps were removed or merged with related Microsoft apps in order to ensure a consistent experience across all WP devices. You may go, nobody here will be bothered because there are many others who support MS's decision and will come on board. And certainly MS won't change its revolutionary decision, which will benefit non-Lumia WP owners, with your "boycott" of WP.
  • First of all they aren't rubbish Lumia apps. Lumia Storage Check enabled us to download maps to SD card, Photosynth could capture photos 360 degress hasslefree and quickly. Now there is no Panaroma apps for WPs. And if you think people support MS's decision just go through the comments. MS has hurt loyal NOKIA customers. If MS provides alternatives to these apps with all important functionality then good otherwise bye-bye WP. In recent times, MS destroyed the NOKIA branding, sold its store to Opera, MixRadio to Line, and whatever was left they are destroying one by one, going to cut jobs of employees of NOKIA and now will make just 3 type of devices per year. I wonder why did they bought NOKIA, the answer seems to "to destroy it". I know MS doesn't listen to its loyal phone customers and guess what the Phone Companion app in Windows 10 is a crap. It literally does NOTHING. I know one customer wont affect the market share but think of how many use WPs. I have defended my Lumia from my Android user friends and daily I get less reason to do so.
  • LOL at the "revolutonary decision"
  • It seems pretty clear now that Microsoft bought Nokia just to destroy it, along with thousands of peoples jobs and livelyhoods. It seems Microsoft is trying very hard to kill off the whole Windows Phone market. i am with you no point in getting another WP device.
  • Actually its Microsoft who helped Nokia.Nokia was in the downhill not Microsoft,so...
  • No it was the other way round. NOKIA could easily make Android phones from very beginning. But they stuck to Windows Phones alongside Asha and Symbian. People started leaving NOKIA after seeing that they are not making any Android phones. What do you think would have happened if NOKIA had an Android Series running parallel to Lumia.
  • Nokia actually had Android series in parallel. Nokia X.
  • Yes but for a very short period of time. That actually came even after MS aquired NOKIA. And many people were coming back to NOKIA coz it started making android phones. Microsoft discontinued NOKIA X/XL and Asha series soon after aquring the company.
  • i hope lumia paranoma is integrated to windows 10 camera app where as lumia refous and lumia storyteller must available to windows 10 mobile or desktop instead of ending support.
  • ...Windows 10 for Mobile release date confirmed!
  • That's what I'm thinking
  • Not confirmed! Have you been reading some "power user" sites?
  • Because the Windows 10 Photos app is so well received. Not.
  • Booooo!!!!!
  • LOL! Now even Microsoft drops its apps from the Windows Store. I am starting to pity Windows Phone users, honestly. On the other hand I'm having a blast watching WP crumble to the ground. So tell me, people who rejoyced back are you liking your life on WP after Nokia went away? Isn't it grand? Aren't you loving it?
  • I am starting to pity you, a person who thinks pulling out three or four apps equates to an OS falling. Nokia is in the gutter, it's deserved place, go cry a river.
  • It was NOKIA that kept WP alive all the time. No one bought a Lumia coz it was a Windows Phone. We trusted NOKIA's hardware and its awesome device. And I still hold to that. My Lumia 520 is an awesome device. Just look at Lumias made by Microsoft. 535, two updates but still people face touch problems. Lumia 640's touch also isn't smooth as 520. Microsoft announced new Lumias with 2 year old hardware. NOKIA knows what attracts customers and its choice and quality of Hardware is perfect. If there was no NOKIA Lumia but only a Microsoft Lumia then that share would be .3% instead of 3%.
  • No it is actually Microsoft who kept nokia i correct it
  • No it was the other way round. NOKIA could easily make Android phones from very beginning. But they stuck to Windows Phones alongside Asha and Symbian. People started leaving NOKIA after seeing that they are not making any Android phones. What do you think would have happened if NOKIA had an Android Series running parallel to Lumia. NOKIA X/XL were in market for short time but it attracted its previous customers who didn't buy NOKIA coz it didn't make Android phones.
  • its really bad, i'm running out of reasons even to reassure myself
  • I was on some level debating on at least waiting to see the purported Lumia 950, and give them a chance. But crap like this, deep sixing the Nokia Lumia Camera apps on WP8 *****the platform that most of their users are currently on******* for some future update in who knows when, with decreased functionality if any, is stuff I can't take. iPhone 6S, here I come. I'll keep the 1020 as a pocket cam and move on. What a bunch of nimrods.
  • Appeasing Nokia fanboys is not the priority for MS. The priority is to ensure a consistent user experience across Lumias and non-Lumias, which is not there at present. WP will not crumble and die because some Nokia fanboys are cribbing about the loss of some 5-6 Lumia apps, which were never developed by MS anyway, only acquired, and whose features will be making it to the MS equivalent apps in the final release of W10M. 
  • "NOKIA fanboys" are only what is left with MS. Tell me how many other companies bothered to make WPs and how many bothers now? And how will they get customers experience the same experience on all WP devices: "By taking down all the services". And what's the point of who developed and who acquired them, its about the usage and replacement of these apps. Maybe you didnt use them but many people do. And even MS isn't sure whether all the features will be back with W10M. W10M is already near to its release and still it doesn't have any new feature other than a background and a revamped action center. WP8.1 brought a good no of features which put WP comparable to Android.
  • DJCBS like most normal people if WP platform crashes and burns tomorrow I'll move on, because its only a mobile OS and MS is only another corporation.
  • Refocus is a nice app why kill it....this just make me think that I will eventually ditch has that tendency to eliminate things that work fine wtffffff.. Congratulations Microsoft
  • Maybe they will implement refocus in standard camera program in W10. I hope so, but that will make it slower for every day photo... I fucking love refocus, android and ios users are jelious of it...
  • I want my Lumia camera app back. It was deleted after updating to the latest preview build.  Not supporting is understandable but it doesn't make sense to get rid of it.  Are we going to see a new build after the keynote address?
  • Boy oh boy, windows mobile just gets better and better! Smh!....
  • Lumia Storyteller bumped to version 4.1 with latest update Whats the point now?
  • As long as their are replacements...i hope
  • Of course there won't be.
  • It's getting really hard not to hate Microsoft.
  • As long as their are replacements...i hope
  • All the best things from Nokia are being killed by Microsoft....... Oh! so they just wanted to make sure that nobody says that they had to depend on Nokia for their success
  • I try to download photo story from the store. It got stuck. Pending for one week now. And still pending . Hav tried many ways but unable to download
  • This news left me speechless. I hate to admit that after 30th OCT I will surely regret buying Lumia device instead of Android. I loved Lumia when it was owned by Nokia, they were creative and Microsoft is turned to destructive. Whatever the intentions the company has in mind but IT SURELY IS NOT MAKING A GOOD IMPRESSION TO LUMIA OWNERS OR NEITHER A GOOD STATEMENT TO THOSE WHO HAVE 1% THOUGHT OF BUYING LUMIA IN FUTURE.
  • When its comes u have th best camera apps than android so yy cutting off all this app.Go to the Lumia collection then u will find apps not up to 12.
  • Hope they replace story teller with something cool like google photo via picasa is providing with stories
  • Meanwhile, Microsoft released Skype 6.0 for IOS.
  • Die
  • Okay understood the logic but guys dont you all think an app should be killed or a feature should be removed only when we have an apt replacement?There was a time when we dint have the action center and all we looked was an app to have all those shortcuts under one roof.Action centre came and those apps-gone.Same will happen with Flashlight aka torch.But to remove some feature without actually providing replacement is complete mismanagement.Lumia camera removed and we get windows camera which is not upto the mark but okay with it as it will gradually improve.REPLACE-then REMOVE.Dont REMOVE-and PROMISE to REPLACE.
  • Looks like soon we gng to see Microsoft end its support for windows phone only focus on office/os products. Why it's so struggling.
  • I seriously don't know why people are cribbing about the end of the support to Lumia apps. The Lumia camera features are going to make it to the default camera app in Windows 10. And barring Lumia Camera and Selfie, the rest of the Lumia apps are just a waste of space in the Lumia phones. They are trivial in function and will only appeal to those who are deep into photography, not a general user who just wants to use his/her WP device for basic calling/messaging, social networking and gaming.
  • No! Not Lumia Refocus!!! That was honestly one of my favorite camera apps, totally crushed right now.
  • Same. Totally lame to see this today.
  • Me too. Refocus was great. Like have a Lytro.
  • After MSN travel app went i was angry but i was OK but story teller! are you fuckin kidding me. I bought my 1520 because of this app. growing less & less impatient with MS now.
  • This makes me sad. Why Microsoft always doing this kind of move, out of 3 Big OS Name on phone, i guess Microsoft has a lot of app being remove on windows store.
  • Trivial and unnecessary Lumia apps being removed or its features merged with equivalent MS apps is a lot of app being removed for you. 
  • Trivial and unnecessary? Hahahahahahahaha... Thanks...needed the laugh.
  • And they wonder why their market share keeps dropping?? How many times do you think you can treat your loyal customers like shit MS? And get away with it? I was all excited about windows 10 for phones half a year ago, now I don't give a f....k anymore and honestly switching to the evil empire of google is beginning to sound like an enticing thought. They actually innovate and improve their services. I wouldn't be surprised if they release continuum before MS does.
  • I agree with you. MS sometimes is treating it's loyal customers badly.
  • Ugly flagship phones with no exclusive will sell like hot cake...
  • Like hot cake of Nadella's sh..
  • Terrible
  • Discontinuing storyteller is absolutely not a good idea.
  • Fuc|
  • LOL this is so MS bsh! Where's my iPhone?
  • man i used photobeamer cmon microsoft..
  • Guys what about the living images? I want it work as its working now on Story Teller and Lumia Camera.
    Guys plz help me, I want Living Images work on my phone with Windows 10
  • Why does Microsoft make it hard to love them? 
  • I have l535,im back to w8.1,because im tyred to waith w10 final.My album picture is nouere,i don't like Person-family,friends,etc and much more like dis,i cant put the picture with my family album.And finaly when is the New and finaly update to w10?Windows or Android?
  • dick move
  • I use Storyteller as Photos replacement only. Never used the online features. It will continue working for me just fine.
  • I loved how storyteller managed my pics on the basis of location data. Plus it could also let me manually add a location. The pinch too show location of a photo was so good. I would show it to my android and iPhone users and they were like, wow, that's something cool. I hope we get a good replacement. I hate the current photos app on 10. Such a downgrade from WP8
  • My favorite first party app is storyteller... Enough said.
    Then, what about health and fitness, what are they thinking. And is there another app that can read motion sensors?
  • Why discontinue these apps?? Now this sucks, I just bought my daughter a Lumia 640...because of the amazing Lumia apps. She better get them before they are gone.
  • It is fine by me if they are going to include all those features in photo and camera app because keeping all those app consume memory and if they are built in, should be much better and save memory.
  • Meh these apps were mostly bloat ware for me first ones I uninstalled.
  • The only one I'll miss is refocus. I really liked it, although I rarely used it. Guess that's the point.
  • How about letting us put maps on SD card like Nokia did MICROSOFT!!!!!
  • Well Microsoft has started producing new apps just like a great photo story app insted of storyteller...bcause those Lumia branding apps hurt non Lumia users
  • No they are not. It is too close to release and there is no evidence of any work on the core apps, just small bugfixes. Like they think they have something to bugfix. W10 desktop is an indicator of how W10 Mobile will look like on release. EMPTY.
  • So what is or what will be a replacement for lumia beamer?
  • why???? :-( i regularly use the beamer and refocus.
  • Next ones to be removed should be Lumia Camera Pdf Reader Blink Authenticator Solitaire Collection Bingo Wordament Weather News Calculator Translator Health Storage Sense Music Videos Data Sense Money Files XBOX OneNote Office Skype OneDrive Facebook Store And Finally Windows Phones/ 10 Mobiles 
  • At least Lumia Camera was already killed for W10M, replaced with crappy Windows Camera.
  • You forgot to mention the keypad. Not sure where that would fall in the order.
  • Yeah haha when the Phone app is gone we'll know that the auto-cannibalism is finally complete!
  • So I see some suggest the reasoning for the demise of these apps is due to their low usage, does that mean WP will endure the same fate then??? There is a lot of hate for the competition, as I've use/used them all I can honestly say their apps (top tier) don't seem to have the instability compared to the WP platform, not too reassuring indeed.
  • Disappointed that they didn't continue research on Lumia beamer, but I understand it had limitations.
  • Because the problem with the Windows Phone ecosystem is too many apps.
  • Haha. Glad I didnt' upgrade to WP 8. WP users are still getting screwed the same way WP 7.8 users did.
  • "Video favourite video Editing app....has also been removed from the Store.....#feeling sad#."
  • Even after all my whining about the flagship design choices and missing apps or missing features from available apps, I will upgrade to one of the new offerings from Microsoft year just to hopefully see them stay in the game long enough to grow. Honestly I don't even feel enthusiastic about it after a year off with Android but I'll give Microsoft one more chance. Their last chance to make things right and if they don't I'll be moving over to a less exciting but perfectly working iPhone. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This platform is DYING. Plain and simple. You folks need to face reality, and start planning your move over to iOS or Android. W10M will be dead on arrival. An empty platform with nothing to offer. It's already over.
  • Fully agree
  • Or it will be the greatest comeback in mobile history....8-11% market share.ftw Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Yeah, there's been either not good news about deprecating apps and services and radio silence about Windows 10 Mobile, or the promised Skype messaging capablity and video (given the Skype app is likewise getting deprecated, except on iOS and Android). The only thing to gather is, Microsoft is internally debating the viability of their own mobile platform.
  • This! MS wants to say the users killed the platform...not them.
  • When?october30?
  • For everyone! Microsoft should be Kiss in ass every Nokia users because from this hardware platform Windows phone users had a build big trust for Windows Phone OS and now.. Sorry but we need to stop support Nokia hardware... Well... old story and ugly Microsoft again. Btw never ever Microsoft phone next one will be Nexus :D soon.
  • This is not about Nokia hardware but Microsoft hardware & software.
  • Fu**! This is it... Moto G3 here I come....!!
  • Great Microsoft! now we have no Panorama app at all :D
  • Damnit, I'm getting real tried of this. It's bad news after bad news, take away after takeaway, ugly phone after ugly phone....
  • All of nokias hard work gone for what? Because you fired the ppl who created it and developed them.....? Assholes
  • delete wp apps create ios apps suckers
  • This pretty much guarantees no 1020 follow up and maybe the end of zeiss partnership and pure view tech..... Microsoft why? Bring gates back, fuck the mozzies. Sad news.
  • Bill Gates is there, as a technical advisor to Satya Nadella. But this decision is not just on Satya Nadella but on other management staff as well.
    I understand the logic - consolidate resources. But the timing again... If no replacements or functions aren't merged when wp10 goes official (GA) or at most 2 months after. Than the timing is off again by light years.
  • I've been with The platform since Wp 7.5. Lumia storyteller was the reason I bought my Lumia 930. Killing off Lumia apps makes me reconsider commitment to the platform at all, especially without providing replacements first. Continuum isn't a reason to stay.
  • Nooooo I love ❤ Lumia storyteller app....plz don't do that.....
  • They're really making it easy to hate them, don't they? First make an insider program and don't listen to any of the top demands, take away all unique selling points, all unique apps and port those on high priority to other platforms, that you intend to keep... Well done! Sometime during 8.1 I really thought they had got their act together but now I think they're more clueless than ever... Sad, really
  • Share your scepticism too, my install has degraded drastically since the last few updates. Clean install boot on my ssd was instant. Now it's 30 seconds. Installed games after installing leshcat drivers for graphics - still instant. After the past few updates 30 seconds. Not good enough. It's 15 seconds faster than my previous hdd and that was dying. To add, boot times are from cold boots.
  • What a shame. Lumia Refocus was the best camera app. One reason less (again) to use Windows phone
  • Yeah, simple but effective.
  • The usual one step forward two steps back stuff from Redmond. Likely we'll never see the best features of those Apps again, despite what they say. 
  • It looks like WP8.1 users who would not be able to update (all non-denim phones) are in a big trouble with all the software shutting down. It is like Windows Phone 7 users that do not have Skype, when MS owns it, and facebook integration, which was the main selling point at that time.
  • There is a 100% guarantee that most WP8.1 users, even on the phones that are upgradable to 10, still won't have W10 installed on October 30. So MS is going to shut all these services on their main running OS version. Brilliant move.
  • They will have to extend the cut off date, just they did with rooms. Yeah Groupme works fine as a replacement..NOT.
  • Because they want to invest more of their resources into android and IOS
  • I think this is a great move to make an app that contain all the features. I would hate to use an app for a specific feature. A lot of people say that this is a bad move. Do not forget that the code in existing apps can be ported over to the new app.
  • A great move would be to have came out with that app first, then remove the old ones. I don't think there would be much complaining about a move like that.
  • @nohra, exactly why are people saying this a great move or presuming replacements will arrive?
    Given MS's track record re: replacements - everyone has the right to be skeptical imo.
  • I hope they are going to give us replacements or merge them before they cut them. But I'm not holding my breath.
  • I defend them to much, I swear if I wasn't a true fan boy this company would have given me so many reasons to leave. But I hate Crapple and Fuckdroid even more. Ugh just integrate the apps into photos and camera before removing them.smh
  • MS is not giving us any reason to feel the love.
  • It's a pity Lumia Storyteller has to go. I really liked it a lot with functions like showing living ones and simply creating story videos.
  • There are no living images in W10, they've given up on it. Or they're not smart enough to figure out how to integrate them.
  • This is disappointing, i bought lumia 930 few months ago but now i feel i made a mistake. back in the time when i got my first lumia 2 years ago, microsoft apps (Nokia's back then) were creative, fluid and made the platform different with a reason to but a lumia, but then things only got worse, with features been taken one after the another. it started with lumia creative studio which was updated to a trash app, and now they are taking lumia storyteller which is one of the things that amazed my friends with android phones, i don't know what's microsoft strategy while all of its focus is on bringing great apps to ios and android and ignoring their own platform, let's not forget the poor beta apps that microsoft started and then forgot (live lock screen for example).
    microsoft treats wp like it's its unwanted child with giving users something to show off to their friends, i enjoyed showing cortana, office remote, office to my friends, but now they work better on android and ios in most of the cases. microsoft should show some interest in its platform so maybe users won't be feeling sad like us now! ​
  • Can't agree more with you :D I think they should focus more on better apps on the Windows store than releasing their apps on other platforms
  • Why else did you think everyone else was whining about Nokia purchase?
  • That suck i really like Lumia refocus and Lumia Panorama i use them often !! Well we still got the third app Cycloramic for panoramic picture but i still prefer the Lumia apps.... And for the Lumia camera since they remove the 5.1 Dolby Digital plus option the surround sound is not that good same for the directional mic !! They will eventually remove Lumia camera and try to tell us that the Windows camera is now better !! I hope that the next flagship 950/950xl handset will get the 6 floating lens Carl Zeiss with purview
  • Hopefully this doesn't mean the end of living images. It's the best part when looking at photos in storyteller
  • Personally i don't like it when an app is released and then left behind. It's like being abandoned...
  • Why Microsoft makes us feel like, the more we trust on them for improving services, the more they are actually abandoning us?
  • @SatanNutella WTF are you doing?
    Apps first to Shitdroid and Apply... Closing down apps on your own fucking OS, including ROOMS...
    FUCK YOU!!
  • Leadership at MS: clueless idiots.
  • I'm glad all this crap is going away, there were too many apps that could have been merged. However the problem is, Microsoft are shit at making software that people want to use on their Operating Systems... they just either release crap like Internet Exporer or  the Edge browser, ruin what they bought or discontinue stuff that worked fine and then ruin it with a new app...
  • Agree, MS has most likely not enough resources to maintain the Nokia apps. I am convinced that they let the good people work with iOS/Android and the less talented has to work with WP. Nokia level of development is just too complicated for these leftovers… They are there to work with "universal apps" a la Visual Basic style… We (all WP users) are all so screwed by Nadella that it's amazing that we can walk... My next phone will be the next iPhone and it will feel so good to leave this sinking ship!
  • Kind of basic but i feels good to vote...:
  • From my perspective I feel it is a confirmation that a cloud based app, which requires and online connection and a server, is not always the fairtale solution is was dreamt to be. As I see it all these apps have in common that they need some type of cloud/server solution to provide a function solution. Without it the app is very much dead. It is these examples that confirm that the cloud and solutions like onedrive have this eery achilles heal. I therefore always feel I want some kind of control by also having a secondary local storage or standalone solution within the app when running it offline. That's what I like about the onedrive solution in windows 8 where you have your files both offline and online with online syncing. If one fails you still have the other. I hardly used most of the lumia apps much although I do like the functionality and feature sets a lot and they did feel like providing a group of powerful featured apps I felt  that was worth upgrading to a lumia device. I think it would have had a lot of potential. I'm really going to miss the refocus support. Fortunately the app will still work, only the service will stop. The app works quite well and is a unique and powerful feature set for imaging technologies. I hope this app will still be avaialable in windows 10. It could be a reason to hold out untill a similar app of equal quality is supported to windows 10 mobile is photography is the reason to own a lumia device.   For me with the ending of several lumia apps it does feel a bit sad and confirm a widening of the app gap. The lumia apps in some way felt like a foundation of great apps on the windows phone platform. Now that foundation is slowly crumbling. I hope microsoft will suprise is in oktober with some new camera apps that could stand in for the lumia apps.  
  • Why Microsoft? why ?? Why stupid move? I can understand story tellers needs internet & website service, but why you people ending support for Lumia refocus? I cant even download xap/appx file now with new microsoft store... If anyone has xap/appx files of Lumia refocus & cinemagraph for Lumia 920 plz email me... Lumia refocus app was best n needed to hv something unique on Lumia..., microsoft spoiled hardwork of nokia... Now its visible they bought them only so that they don't switch to android.... If microsoft will take such moves they will never win hearts of people in cell phone business....
  • I dont understand why microsoft does all this. It is the best OS producing company and i still dont know why they are not trying to give mobile a total revamped design and loads of new unique features. Don't they hav best engineers who can develop awsome eyecatchy operating system that can beat android and iphone's designs and looks... Please make windows10 mobile more eye catchy more attractive please.. That will only make more customers look to buy windows phones. U make simple n flat n pale looking os then we wont be having any customers.Bring the best. One simplephenomenon people love attractive looking things. Focus on this one point.. I want windows mobile to b the best.
  • It sucks. The reason MS bought Nokia was to destroy it completely. What a waste of shareholders' money!
  • This MS CEO from India is just as bad as Elop from Canada.
  • Really disappointed that some of these apps are being withdrawn. I have just done a business report on how my local authority can use Windows phones for mobile working using some of these apps and now they are being withdrawn. Really hope Microsoft cone up with suitable alternatives in Windows10 for mobile. Posted via the Windows Central app
  • Anyone know of a Lumia Beamer replacment that will work on Windows 10 Phone on a Lumia 1520?
  • Aren't both Storyteller and Beamer listed in the features of the 950 XL on Microsoft Store? The phone will be released *after* Oct 30th, so I'm somewhat confused by that.
  • really liked lumia story teller, wish it was still available, what will take it's place?