Yesterday, it was announced that Weave newsreader is shutting down on March 14. The news was sudden, and at the time, no reason was publicly given. However, Windows Central has been in contact with the developer behind Weave - Arash Emami – for years now and he reached out to us with details on the decision.
First and foremost, the end of Weave is not about leaving Windows Phone. This situation is not the same as American Airlines or Bank of America. Instead, Emami is heading to work full-time at LinkedIn. As he reminds us, Seles Games – who makes Weave – was mostly a one-man show.
Second, Emami wanted to convey his gratitude to you, the community, in addition to recapping the app's history:
- Flying out to Redmond to take part in a UX workshop as part of the LG app campaign
- Multiple Microsoft L.A. startup events, hackathons, and hands-on product demos
- Partnering with Lazyworm Apps to launch Weave on Windows 8
- Being asked to take part in OneNote's API launch, working with the Office team and even getting to record a sweet commercial for it
- Every single email or tweet from a Weave fan telling us how much they loved the product, how much they use it. Reading messages like that, those moments were awesome
Indeed, I remember covering Weave back in 2010 when George Ponder reviewed the app for our site. Weave was always a highlight of the many newsreaders available, and it is sad to see the company and product go.
Oh, and if you feel burned about spending money on Weave, Emami tells us directly:
Change is always hard, but we wish Arash Emami all the best at LinkedIn (maybe he can fix that app, ahem). We thank him for his early support of the Windows Phone platform and we were glad to promote his app during that time!
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.