More than a year ago, the Starbucks app was officially launched for Windows 10 Mobile. Today, it has been removed from the Store on Windows Mobile, adding yet another name on the long line of applications leaving the platform.
As noted by a Reddit user, current users of the app are logged out, and find themselves being redirected towards the mobile website when attempting to log back in. Interestingly however, the interface is quite different compared to the mobile application, and some users have reported being unable to locate the option to pay via their cards.
Notably, the Starbucks app for Windows Mobile wasn't launched globally. In fact, it was only made available to users from the U.S., the UK, and Canada. The application allowed users to order and pay for items using their smartphones. Moreover, it provided them the ability to earn rewards in the form of free food and drinks after a certain amount of purchases. Interestingly, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is currently part of the board of directors at Starbucks.
Ever since Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Mobile would no longer be a focus for the company - and even before then -, several high profile developers have abandoned Windows phones. The move is especially interesting in light of the rumors about a new 'Andromeda' device, rumors which have been emerging at an increasing rate over the past few months.
In any case, the tech giant hasn't cited any official reason for the removal of the Starbucks app as of yet, and users are seemingly being advised to access its capabilities via their web browsers.