Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Sep 2018 07:40 UTC

Microsoft first started work on its touch-friendly Office apps for Windows 8.1 more than five years ago. Designed for tablets or laptops with touchscreens, the apps are lightweight and speedy versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Microsoft has updated them regularly for Windows 10, but now that the company has halted work on Windows 10 Mobile, it's also halting work on these Office apps.

The apps aren’t fully dead yet, but Microsoft is no longer developing new features for them. "We are currently prioritizing development for the iOS and Android versions of our apps; and on Windows, we are prioritizing Win32 and web versions of our apps," explains a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.

Typical Microsoft. They develop this entirely new way of writing and building applications, they want everyone to switch to it, but then fail at the dogfooding stage because the Office team is incapable of moving beyond its slow and bloated existing codebase. They got farther than ever before this time - the UWP Office apps are quite full-featured and much faster and more pleasant to use than their traditional counterparts - but still never even got in sight of the finish line.

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RE[2]: Could it be...
by dionicio on Mon 1st Oct 2018 14:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Could it be..."
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That's PR avgalen:

Lotus Approach DB: Big Efforts From Lotus on it ended with Win95. Whas IBM who bought it as trash? Efforts from MS to keep it compatible ended wit WindowsXP. Just made my own installer to avoid them.

Compatibility modes got serious with Win7 which is great and could run my own installer without further ado.

Deprecation got serious with 8 and barely the core executable and libraries ran. Failed at Help Files and had install kirks.

Deprecation is RIGHT. Find it OK to keep a platform lean. Can install an XP image on a hurry, run the only DB I learned on RAM disk.

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