Microsoft has announced that it would no longer provide support for the Reader app from next February. The company made this known in a notice that accompanied the launching of the latest version of the app. What that means is that users of the app will no longer be able to use the app from February 2018.
In its stead, the company is urging its users to switch over to Microsoft Edge for reading PDF files. Per onMSFT, Microsoft said:
“Microsoft is retiring the Reader app on this and later versions of Windows 10 and you will not be to use this app after 15 February 2018. We recommend Microsoft Edge for reading PDF, Windows XPS Viewer for XPS, and Windows Photos app for TIFF files.”
In doing so, the company also provided a link where users can open the file in Microsoft Edge. Not one of my favorite apps for opening PDF files, and I am sure many people won’t be bothered about this piece of news.
Microsoft launched the Reader app five years ago along with Windows 8. As a matter of fact, the Reader was offered as default PDF viewer in the operating system apparently to make it popular among users. However, the launching of Windows 10 changed everything as the Edge browser came fully integrated with features that enable users to view documents.
The Microsoft Edge browser isn’t as popular as Chrome and Mozilla at the moment, and urging users of the Reader app to switch to it might be the company’s own way of trying to help it out. While Edge users are unlikely to switch allegiance from Chrome or Mozilla for instance, there is a remote chance that they could stick with the Edge browser when it comes to using it as a PDF reader.
Still, there is no guarantee that millions of people out there won’t want to try out or download other alternative PDF readers—and as a matter of fact, there are loads of PDF readers out there. That said, time will probably tell if this latest move by Microsoft will yield the expected results.
In other news, Microsoft is bringing its Edge browser to Android OS. What that means is that you will now be able to download and use the Edge browser on your Android phone; something that was not possible before now.
Recall that the iOS version of the browser was released only a couple of weeks ago with a promise to launch the Android browser. Now, the browser is available on all mobile OS, and that will give Microsoft the opportunity it needs to maybe “compete” with Google, Apple Mozilla Opera, and the likes in the browser market.
According to Softpedia, the Android version of the Edge browser is still in preview, but is available for download. However, some minor changes could still be made before it finally makes its entry. What that means again is that you might come across bugs and instability that could affect its performance.