The sorry state of the moribund mall that is the Windows Store was laid bare today when Yahoo revealed that it is planning to kill off its Yahoo Mail Windows Universal App.
Warning messages have started to appear telling usrs that from the 22 May - next week - they won't be able to use the Windows 10 app, that they will have to access their Yahoo Mail via a browser.
Some users have even reported that the app for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is already not working.
Indeed, it has already been taken down from the Windows Store.
The Yahoo UWP app was built using the Hosted Web App service that allows users to containerise existing code in a Windows format. It's not known if this is to be replaced by a native Yahoo app, but we can't imagine it's that high up the priority list.
Yahoo is far from the first company to abandon the UWP, despite the fact that Microsoft recently announced Windows 10 S, an operating system that eschews traditional Win32 programs in favour of pure UWP - the platform is locked down so that users cannot install applications from anywhere else.
Mozilla stopped Firefox for what was then called Metro, while Google, usually very open to new platforms, has offered almost nothing for UWP, with Chrome, previously capable of operating in tiled mode, now back to the desktop, as Google hasn't made the tweaks necessary to migrate from Windows 8 to Windows 10 tech.
Part of the ambivalence is that UWP is aimed at uniting the mobile and desktop worlds, and with the desktop market share shrinking, and Windows Mobile doing painfully poorly with the recent Microsoft BUILD conference completely failing to mention it, there is little incentive to develop for UWP.
Additionally, the Android bridge for UWP has proved too problematic to develop, meaning that a vast chunk of code that would have bolstered the platform will now never likely appear.
Yahoo's Mail service has come under increasing pressure in recent years after a catalogue of security breaches and borks. Yet, for many it is their one lasting link to Yahoo, using an address for the past twenty years, linking to a portal they haven't checked for fifteen.
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