Microsoft talking to Snapchat about Windows Phone version

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore took to Reddit today to answer questions about the Windows Phone platform today, and during this session, he confirmed that the company is trying to get the popular messaging app Snapchat to its mobile operating system.

When asked about Microsoft adding Snapchat to the Windows Phone app lineup, Belfiore replied with just two words: "Yep, talking." Snapchat has certainly become a huge hit for iOS and Android users. Earlier this week, new updates were released that added IM and video chat to thos apps.

While Belfiore didn't offer any more information about Microsoft's talks with Snapchat, he did discuss why companies in general decide when they should jump on the Windows Phone bandwagon in another Reddit post today. He stated:

Fundamentally, the ISVs who write these apps are making business decisions about how they can make the most money-- and as WP has grown, and as MS has invested time & money in the apps, and as the platform has gotten better/stronger... more and more apps have shown up.

In other words, apps such as Snapchat will make the move to head to Windows Phone when they feel it is economically feasible to do so. Let's hope that happens for Snapchat sooner rather than later.

Source: Reddit

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I love when news like this comes up cause of all the great emotionally distraught comments from people who think a said service is pointless and a waste of time. Love reading this stuff so keep it going guys! :)

No, it's called providing incentives to join/support the platform to make up for the lack of an economic case. Something that's entirely necessary and fully understandable (to most of us, anyway) in order to overcome the initial "chicken and the egg" style inertia on relatively new platforms.

I don't see any begging...
But then Samsung and Apple can squabble over their patents, while MS grows Windows Phone. The only thing MS missed out on is trying to muscle in on Blackberry and have a strong corporate environment.

It's pretty desperate that they need to ask.
If SnapChat don't have the skills and the manpower to support Windows Phone then they won't. It's not just about building an app, it's about ongoing resources for updates and bugs and customer service etc.

It's very interesting how the tables have turned on MS and they deserve to be where they are now begging for developers.

I have it on my Android device and I rarely ever open it, its quite pointless, hardly know what the fk it does to be honest.

Wow, the selfishness of folks on neowin is knowing no bounds recently.

You don't want it, so everybody else with a WP shouldn't have it either?

Wow, just wow.

PhilTheThrill said,
No thanks Joe. Don't need this sort of garbage on WP

Ah yes, let's refuse to have extremely popular apps, then Windows Phone will be taken seriously as a platform.

Let's also be glad you aren't in charge of the Windows Phone Division at Microsoft eh?

Majesticmerc said,

Ah yes, let's refuse to have extremely popular apps, then Windows Phone will be taken seriously as a platform.

Let's also be glad you aren't in charge of the Windows Phone Division at Microsoft eh?

Quality and usefulness.
or
"b-but muh popularity with sexually awkward children!"

Sit down, Karl.

PhilTheThrill said,

Quality and usefulness.
or
"b-but muh popularity with sexually awkward children!"

Sit down, Karl.

So you'd rather that Windows Phone be consigned to the sidelines as a niche product? Because without apps that people actually want, people aren't going to be interested in switching to a Windows Phone.

I don't get why you wouldn't want the Windows Phone platform to have more apps, especially apps that are so popular with the "grew-up-with-technology" 12-25 demographic, it doesn't impact you directly, so why the hate?

Majesticmerc said,

So you'd rather that Windows Phone be consigned to the sidelines as a niche product? Because without apps that people actually want, people aren't going to be interested in switching to a Windows Phone.

I don't get why you wouldn't want the Windows Phone platform to have more apps, especially apps that are so popular with the "grew-up-with-technology" 12-25 demographic, it doesn't impact you directly, so why the hate?

It's called having standards.

PhilTheThrill said,

It's called having standards.

Then your standard can be "ok, I don't want that app,so I wont install it", rather than "I don't want that app, so nobody else can have it either".

Selfish much?

PhilTheThrill said,

It's called having standards.

How is excluding a large potential userbase "having standards"? Even when Snapchat becomes available, it will have zero impact on how you use your Windows Phone, in fact it would probably be beneficial for you because it will encourage adoption, leading to more apps that you do want.

TCLN Ryster said,

Then your standard can be "ok, I don't want that app,so I wont install it", rather than "I don't want that app, so nobody else can have it either".

Selfish much?

Absolutely.

Majesticmerc said,

How is excluding a large potential userbase "having standards"? Even when Snapchat becomes available, it will have zero impact on how you use your Windows Phone, in fact it would probably be beneficial for you because it will encourage adoption, leading to more apps that you do want.

If the only thing stopping someone using a WP is not having an official snapchat app...they don't need to be on WP.

Yeah because.. you know.. that attitude will definitely make WP better. Just because you do not want it doesn't mean someone else doesn't. If that person doesn't want to switch until it has an app they might like using on a daily basis then so be it. That is their right.

Which looks quite good, but the problem with third-party apps is that they can't implement new features fast enough. Snapchat's new chat and instant video chat features will be hard to port by looking at the iOS/Android apps.