Runtastic has ceased updates to its Windows Phone apps
If you're on the lookout for solid, consistently updated fitness apps for Windows Phone, your options are now a little slimmer. Runtastic quietly posted a notice to its website (via WindowsArea.de) announcing that it is "phasing out" its Windows Phone apps, and will no longer be providing updates on the platform.
It's unclear when the notice was posted, but it looks like the last update to land for Runtastic's main apps came sometime in late September. As of right now, Runtastic's apps are still available (opens in new tab) in the Windows Store, but a lack of updates going forward could pose a problem should any new app-breaking bugs surface.
Runtastic was one of the better fitness apps for Windows Phone, so it's sad to see support dropper. That said, there are some alternatives, such as Caledos Runner (opens in new tab) and Perfect Workout (opens in new tab), that are worth looking into. And of course, if you have a Fitbit tracker, you can already take advantage of the Fitbit app for all of your runs. Are there any specific fitness apps you'll be turning to? Let us know in the comments!
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2. Desktop Frameworks that are on Life Support or "unofficially deprecated" (WPF, Windows Forms, MFC)
3. A dying mobile platform, which was the linchpin of the UWP strategy. Without Windows Phone, there is almost no reason to care about UWP. It's just a bunch of blown up phone/tablet apps with bad feature sets, often bad performance, and horrible Desktop Accessibility (no Menus, poor support for Keyboard Shortcuts in most apps, really horrible use of screen real estate, etc.).
Now, you've changed your tune and argument. You're saying it was growing, but losing money. Whether they needed to continue to invest in market share or not is open to debate. That Nadella killed growth of Windows Phone is not.
I feel they that by abandoning the required investment to maintain and grow their phone market share, they killed the viability of UWP because most apps are built mobile first. Second, they hurt their credibility with mobile developers that had invested in Windows mobile efforts. Third, they hurt themselves with customers that trusted them and force them to adopt Google or Apple ecosystems. Finally, I believe with so few apps, developers, and customers now trusting Microsoft, I believe they've really damaged the ability of even a game changing mobile device from Microsoft (Surface Whatever) to be successful.
Look, if you want to maintain that the Sun comes up the in West and set in the East, or the things fall up, or whatever, go for it. Your simple refusal to accept you are wrong doesn't change reality. Again, your original statement said twice that it wasn't growing and that was easily proven wrong. Live with it, or remain in La La Landf.
It was incredibly short sighted on his part.
The retrenchment is the stupidest thing ever. What idiot fruitella gets such ideas? This is a ******* loss:((( I always used this.
You've been repeating the same comment for months lol. Surprised one man can drone om for this long Move on
Its for the best
*wow that is a shocker right?*
But nope, instead you result to going to WC and droning on, and on, and on, about how bad Windows(Phone) is. About how everyone should buy an iPhone (this isn't the 1st time you've said this in an article). You come on here arguing that everyone who likes WP is a fanboy (I love that the most. Doesn't matter if you like multiple OS's, if WP is in your collection of likes, you're a fan boy *logic*) Like I said... move on.
It's for the best
Goodbye friends, thanks for keeping with us so long.
While growth is stagnant after the retirement of Nokia/Lumia and the excuse of enterprise finally gets revealed as a distraction (the lines between Personal/enterprise are evermore blurred) we can still count on the fact that many are stuck on a windows device... For the mean time and not for long.
Until Nadella and MS wake up and make investment on strategic alliances with the most popular apps and write them for windows the widening app gap will make windows phones uninteresting at the point of sale and irrelevant in general. It is too late in the game to count solely on word-of-mouth. Very unwise to have terminated Nokia and Lumia instead of having invested heavily with an already experienced player.
As for the surface phone, don't sweat it. It is just a mirage. It is not just afixing the surface name on something for it to turn to gold.
Before giving up windows and hoping for a miracle like Nadella, write to those companies and complain for the pains also make clear to them that you are boycotting their service (company) for not respecting you as a customer.
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