Amazon is killing off its Windows phone app today – and it certainly sent out a few more emails this weekend to remind customers of that fact but that’s not the end of the Amazon story on Windows. Amazon has another forgotten app for Windows users – it’s little used Amazon shopping app for Windows PCs and tablets.
According to new reports, that’s not the end of the story. Amazon is reportedly working on a new Windows 10 app to replace that Windows PC app, however – it won’t be a native universal app for Windows. Rather, it would be a project Westminster app built off of the Amazon web-app similarly to TripAdvisor and (superficially) to the Microsoft Sway app. Project Westminster apps are updatable cloud side and required less maintenance than native Windows apps – a possible benefit for the retailer. It was earlier rumoured to be a replacement to the defunct Windows Phone 8 app, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore. As noted by Windows Central, however, converting a Westminster app to a mobile app is trivial and can be done by Amazon should they so desire, so all hope isn’t lost on that front for die hard Windows phone users.
While Amazon has clearly not seen much traction for their native Windows apps, they still desire to maintain a presence in the Windows Store, and perhaps project WestMinster may provide a good enough experience for the online retailer’s customers for them to keep it updated.
Amazon’s Windows Phone app is gone, but you can get its [pretty terrible] PC app from the store link below