Microsoft 'talking' to Snapchat about a Windows Phone app, but nothing to announce yet

Earlier this week, Snapchat announced new chatting and video calling features for their iOS app (with the update for Android coming later). Like everything else on Snapchat, conversations and videos all disappear once you leave the app. It’s yet another sign that Snapchat is becoming more of a big deal these days, and yet there’s still no Windows Phone app.

Unfortunately, nothing has yet solidified about an official app coming to Microsoft’s platform. Sure we have unofficial apps like 6snap, but nothing beats having that first-party experience, especially when new features are announced.

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore had a terse reply to the question about Snapchat coming to Windows Phone and would only confirm that they are at least talking with the company. That’s good news and bad news, as talks mean any app development and release wouldn’t happen until later this year. Regardless, Microsoft is at least trying and Snapchat is listening.

Source: Reddit

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • We don't need snapchat ..,..puke..
  • YOU don't need snapchat.
  • Need? Want?
  • Right +925
  • I thought they where making an app
  • Just check the Windows Phone box there.
  • Actually the new Snapchat is pretty legit. Maybe Microsoft should purchase them and make it into their version of iMessage. That'll give people another reason to dive into the OS.
  • Just like Skype, Right?
  • Because they didn't buy a messaging company just a few years ago
  • Which they promptly failed to integrate into their mobile phone OS...
  • If MS is going to talk to each app maker one by one then it ll take ages to bridge the app gap
  • Thanks for speaking for EVERYBODY on Windows Phone!!!!
  • Wouldn't Rudy be able to release the same feature?
  • I hope so, and finally it means that he will have to put push notifications instead of the boring 30 mins.
  • Rudy is looking into it... but 6Snap runs off of the Android backend and not iOS. So he'll have to wait till Android's update is released before we can see something happen on 6Snap.
  • Android already has it...
  • He released a Tindr app too, but got it shutdown cause there is "supposed" to be an official app coming, but I haven't heard anything about it in awhile now.
  • Tinder ain't what it used to be. It's now full of spammers. I don't think that one is worthwhile now.
  • Usually Rudy has the features ready before the official apps like instagram messaging
  • Expect delay notifications
  • I loved how Snapchat team implement video and message chats!!! Cant wait to use it!
  • Don't talk to anyone, please update WhatsApp only, ok
  • This!
  • Now also many apps are not interested in wp if they don't us we have other ones to adjust with unofficial apps are doing well.. rudy :clapping: any idea of opera mini
  • I have to admit, as an avid user of snapchat(6snap) and will readily say that it is pretty useless social media app.....I mean literally the worst out of all the major popular ones. But in the end it's a big brand name (for younger people) to have on Windows Phone, so if the can bring it over I'd be happy for all WP users.
  • Up until this week's announcement, I would have agreed with you. Now with the messaging and video "calls"? Things have changed dramatically. This is Instagram all over again. Microsoft dragging their feet getting a developer on board when in the mobile space things move at far to much of a rapid pace.
  • I hate it when devs neglect a platform. Show some love 
  • Hey Daniel why haven't you reviewed the Ativ SE yet???
  • .
  • That's not a review, it's just the unboxing and hands on.
  • My fault, I was breezing thru the comments and though he said unboxing.
  • The new snapchat app is amazing. Would love to see an official version rocking my phone. However, Rudy please update your app with these features so that even we can compete out there! ;)
  • What is snap chat? Why I'm always so begin with this social bull crap, oh I know. all the people I care about I see face to face on daily basis.
  • Is it really that hard for Snapchat to make an official app for WP? Why are all these big names so against WP?   Thank god for Rudy.
  • Just pay them to make the app goddamn I'm sick of a billionaire company having shitty app support.
  • Pony it up sir, they don't deserve a billion for an app
  • Nothing to do with Microsoft being a multibillion dollar company,Snap chat and others rather devote there time with IOS and Android that's were the money's at.
  • Unfortunately the conversation between Microsoft and Snap chat was done through Snap Chat and has since disappeared.
  • good one.....
  • LOLOL!!!!!
  • Who cares if snapchat doesn't want to play ball? We have an app (6snap) that is perhaps better than the official. Besides even if there was a snapchat app, it would probably be like PayPal and never updated just a place holder for what its worth. My Huyn bring the new feature and make it an in app purchase, i will pay for it, but i will also take it free if you so choose
  • We need to accept that we will always be treated as 3rd class users in the eyes of these devs. Fb won't give us an official app, same with SC and if we get an app, it's far behind what iOS and Android have in terms of updates and features. Even MS's own apps pale in comparison to what others are getting.
  • Release date: May 26, 2035
  • App to be released: Snapchat BETA, version 0.1. You "temporarily" won't be able to send snaps.
  • What is the huge deal with snap chat?? How many messengers do you people want or need???
  • Snapchat works differently it allows teenagers to send provocative pictures of sexual body parts and keeps no records or so they say
  • I know it does that but meh.. None of my friends use it anyway. And I'm pretty sure their servers must have a nice copy of every picture sent.
  • You're being ridiculous, that's why it gets a bad rap... Not everyone sends nudes on Snapchat..
  • There's no good rap nowadays buddy.
  • Except it doesn't work like that any more since they brought in the replay feature
  • There are messengers and then there's snapchat
  • Who cares about an official Snapchat, Rudy's works well. How can officials compete with Rudy's? He is the peoples champs.
  • Talk to WhatsApp teammmmm....:P
  • WP is developing into quite an eco system - MS should keep the momentum going and spend some money!! It doesn't matter of some people use the app or not - the bottom like is that there should be a choice.
  • I saw that question and reply on Reddit as well. Hope that it comes soon.. The more official apps the better.
  • who cares about snapchat app... what makes this a big of a deal is the official apps that WP store needs, with snapchat in more will hopefully join... thats why this matters
  • No matter whether you use Snapchat or not, this is not good. People want official apps, and a LOT of people use Snapchat. I know my siblings would never consider getting a WP just for apps like Snapchat, Pinterest, etc. The average user doesn't want to take time to find unofficial apps, and prefers first-party. Microsoft needs to step it up.
  • "...but nothing beats having that first-party experience," unless it's made by Rudy Hyun, in which case it often does beat it.
  • Dear god! How can we do without an official app?! A complete travesty! I mean honestly, how can Windows Phone survive without a first-party social media experience for exchanging anonymous pictures of genitalia? DOOMED! WE ARE DOOMED! PEPSI AND COKE ARE THE SAME THING PEOPLE!
  • Btw, what happened to the Tinder WP app Rudy was on with the Tinder company?
  • They should just buy Rudy Huyn's app and pay him to keep it updated. It's already a great user experience, plus he really understands how to write WP apps.
  • Sad, the proof that wp is a sad os
  • Snapchat is NO Instagram....funny how they have neglected WP, when far bigger names then Snapchat have made official WP apps. Snap chat is a joke...and with their latest update announcement they are just trying to stay relevant. When all that's going to happen is...they'll be going down the same road as Path.
  • If snapchat want to be really big they will have to support Wp. Whatsapp became huge because they supported every platform. If you miss out 10% of users ....guess what there is a huge hole in your social network. They need wp more than wp needs this niche app.
  • Umm, Snapchat is huge as it is. It does not "need" WP to establish that. Facebook already tried to buy them. 
  • Nice
  • QUICK before Google claims it and bans it from ever seeing windows phone !!!
  • Paying for another app
  • 6snap is perfect. First-party apps aren't needed...really, they aren't ;)
  • i agree. i rarely use snapchat so 6snap is more than enough for me.
  • Ignorance
  • This would be welcomed but I'll continue to use 6 Snap ;) #RudyDaMan
  • I like 6snap
  • Here is hoping Rudy finds a way to bring texting to 6snap, my friends keep telling me that I'm missing out.
  • I strongly prefer 6snap to the official app. I can pick photos from library to snap and write as much text as I like. My Android and iOS friends are dying of envy. Thanks Rudy!
  • Meanwhile Instagram...
  • Still no news about snapchat?
  • Just got​ an email from team snap chat saying that they have locked my account for using third party applications, they prompted me to stop using third party app and unlock my account by resetting my password!!! What the hell!!
  • me too! but I coudn't unlock that! ;(
  • My snapchat account is locked! I can't unlock ( I was using 6snap ) I want my account back! ;(
  • Me tooo;(
  • Hello, I just signed the petition, "Snapchat: Make Snapchat for Windows Phone!." I think this is important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link: Thanks, Daniel