Earlier today, Microsoft hyped up the launch of the HTML5 web-based application for Pulse, the popular news aggregation app. Microsoft said that the Pulse team worked with its Internet Explorer team to make sure the web-based version works well on Internet Explorer 10 on the Windows 8 platform.
However, it looks like the launch of the web-based Pulse app has also resulted in the native Windows Phone app being discontinued. WPCentral.com noticed that the download link for the previously released Pulse Windows Phone port is no longer available from the Windows Phone Store.
The web site contacted Pulse and received this response:
We have been prioritizing web and updating iOS and Android platforms and will look at the Windows phone in the near future. In the meantime, can we persuade you to check out the web app on a desktop platform.
While not a flat out confirmation, the wording of the statement makes it clear that the Pulse team is putting more efforts on its new HTML5-based web application and has decided that was more important than updating or even offering its Windows Phone application to smartphone owners.
Pulse for Windows Phone was first launched in September 2011, just a couple of months before Windows Phone 7.5 was made available to the public.