After discontinuing Lumia apps like Lumia panorama, Lumia storyteller and refocus last week, Microsoft continues to take a hatchet to more Lumia properties. Today, Microsoft announced via Twitter and via a blog post that its Lumia Beta apps channel has been discontinued and will shut down finally on the 30th of September.
This Lumia Beta Apps site will be discontinued on September 30, 2015.
If you wish to save any of the feedback you submitted to this site please do so before September 30, 2015. To review your activity on this site, sign in and then click on your profile picture.
Please note that the beta apps that were promoted through this site continue to be available in the Windows Store until further notice.
If you have any additional feedback about any of these apps, please submit a review in the Windows Store. Alternatively, if you are a Windows Insider with a preview build of Windows 10 Mobile, you may use the Windows Feedback app. The feedback forums on this site have been switched to read-only.
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Thank you for your interest in and contribution to Lumia app beta trials!
For those unaware, the Lumia beta apps uservoice was a page where by Microsoft mobile would trial out beta versions of apps like Lumia Camera Beta, Lumia Creative Studio beta and the like and take feedback from beta testers before releasing their new features into the regular store apps.
It is currently unknown whether these apps would be replaced in Windows 10 or not and whether new beta apps would continue to be created via other channels. Speaking of Windows 10, we wrote earlier that Microsoft said the Insider Preview would expire on October 1st, implying an RTM version shortly before then. While Gabe Aul has gone on twitter to say that the September 15th date refers to the build cert expiration date, it is somewhat of a coincidence that Microsoft plans to shut down several apps in preparation for Windows 10 a day before the Insider Preview is said to expire.
Nonetheless, what do you think of Microsoft shutting down even more Lumia services? Did you even use these apps? Let us know in the comments below.