On a day where we gain one 360° solution, we lose another. For those who love Microsoft's panoramic photography app Photosynth, we have some bad news. Microsoft is evidently retiring the apps for both iOS and Windows Phone (it never made it to Android) and the apps will eventually be removed from both stores.
Photosynth.net will, however, remain, so users are encouraged to upload their creations to keep them.
In a post on the Photosynth website, Microsoft states:
"We are doing this because the new Photosynth Preview technology and its cloud processing is a more immersive way to capture a place than the spherical panoramas that our apps produce."
If you have the Photosynth app installed, you can keep it and still use it. However, since the app is no longer supported, any issues the crop up won't be fixed going forward.
The Photosynth app for Windows Phone was last updated this past April to support new Facebook APIs.
Photosynth was a fascinating app although Microsoft never did much to push the technology into the mainstream. It is not obvious if Microsoft will bring back the technology in mobile form anytime soon, which is a shame.
Download Photosynth for Windows Phone (while you can)
Source: Photosynth.net; Thanks, mininv, for the tip