Why is Windows Phone still missing so many apps?

I guess I would be classified as a Windows fan boy having worked at Microsoft for over 2o years but now a bit removed from the company I am more and more frustrated by Microsoft’s lack of ability to close the app gap in mobile. In fact many things that I found cool like Office on my Windows Phone are now supported on Android and iPhone. I am going to ignore games and focus on apps that I might use daily, weekly, or at least once a month that I find missing. Below is a table that I will try to keep updated when I see an app I would like to use but it is unavailable for Windows Phone. It started with a list that I put together in about 15 minutes and I am sure I will remember many other apps soon that I am disappointed have not been available for Windows Phone.  Maybe Windows 10 will change things with universal apps and the claim of a compiler that will help you port your iOS and Android apps to Windows 10 but those seem like they are far from free recompiles or will suffer from emulation issues if that is how it is implemented. I know I am not alone with these complaints as a quick search will find multiple articles that lament the lack of “popular” apps on Windows Phone.


If you have ones that you would like to see please add them in the comments.

App name Link iOS Android Why I want Date Added
1Password https://agilebits.com/onepassword Y Y Currently the best software to manage your passwords. They have a Windows version but not a Win Phone. Maybe this will change with universal apps in Win10? 6/28/2015
Amazon app https://www.amazon.com/treasuretruck Y Y So there is an Amazon app for Win phone and it was even update recently but there is not support for Treasure Truck which is a new Amazon service starting this week. 6/28/2015
Bank of America https://www.bankofamerica.com/online-banking/mobile.go Y Y There used to be a BOA app for Win Phone but support was stopped for it. Check deposit! 6/28/2015
BECU app https://www.becu.org/business-banking/mobile-banking Y Y Boeing Employee Credit Union.  Check deposit via the app 6/28/2015
Burger King http://www.bk.com/ Y Y   7/10/2015
Chase Bank https://www.chase.com/online/digital/mobile-banking.html Y Y Check deposit. 6/28/2015
Density Companion App http://www.bungie.net Y Y In Bungie’s Destiny game you can manage your inventory on the phone 6/28/2015
FIFA http://www.fifa.com/mobile/index.html Y Y No official FIFA app. 6/28/2015
GameStop http://www.gamestop.com/gamestop-app Y Y Manage PowerUp Rewards associated with GameStop account 6/28/2015
McDonalds   Y Y There is a UK app in the store. While not health when the Mariners score 5 or more runs you can get free fries but only if you have the app! 6/28/2015
MLB.com Ballpark http://mlb.mlb.com/mobile/ballpark/ Y Y This has a bunch of features not in the MLB at Bat app which is on all platforms including Win Phone. 6/28/2015
MLS mobile http://www.mlssoccer.com/mobile Y Y Soccer update. There is a Windows 8 version so maybe there will be a universal Win 10?? 6/28/2015
Periscope https://www.periscope.tv/ Y Y To be social. Also you cannot watch periscope streaming in browser on phone 6/28/2015
Snapchat https://www.snapchat.com/ Y Y To be social. Many companies use for contests 6/28/2015
SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/mobile Y Y If you are playing from the browser you cannot go anywhere else. The app is needed. 6/28/2015
Star Wars http://www.starwars.com/ Y Y It’s Star Wars! 7/10/2015
Subway   Y Y e-pay 7/10/2015
Tinder http://www.gotinder.com/ Y Y OK maybe I am not looking for a dating app but the option would be nice. 6/28/2015
Topps  http://www.topps.com/topps-apps Y Y They have some good apps related to Topps trading cards 7/10/2015

About Aaron Bregel

Just trying to get by
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