Microsoft reportedly winding down development on some apps that ship with Windows 10

Microsoft recently announced a major internal reorganization effort, shifting teams around, breaking up the Windows Devices Group and leading to the departure of its chief, Terry Myerson. According to a new report, however, the shakeup is having an impact on the teams behind at least some of Microsoft's apps that ship with Windows 10.

Thurrott's Brad Sams reports that Microsoft is tapering off development behind "several" of Windows 10's included apps. It's unclear exactly which apps will be impacted, but it's easy to see how something like News or Weather, whose functions can be easily replicated on the web, could be on the chopping block.

According to Sams, developers who are working on these apps are being offered positions to work on the Microsoft Edge team, potentially along with developers from other areas.

Given Microsoft's focus on Progressive Web Apps going forward (the first batch began hitting the Microsoft Store last week), the timing would make sense, particularly if we begin to see an influx of automatically indexed PWAs that can replicate the same functions of Microsoft's built-in apps. However, what that means for apps like Mail and Calendar, which likely sees more use than something like the Weather app, is unclear.

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