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PayPal Ending App Support for Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Amazon

Windows Phone is losing a key app, although the platform has company in its misery.

PayPal this week announced that June 30 will mark the end of the availability of its widely used digital payment apps for Windows Phone, Amazon Fire and BlackBerry.

Calling it a "difficult decision," Joanna Lambert, vice president of global consumer product and engineering at PayPal, said in a blog post, "We believe it's the right thing to ensure we are investing our resources in creating the very best experiences for our customers."

PayPal will be concentrating development and support resources on iOS and Android for mobile devices.

Lambert pointed out continuing, non-app options for Windows, BlackBerry and Amazon Fire users. "Windows Phone users can still access PayPal through our mobile Web experience on Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers. Outlook.com users can also use the PayPal add-in to send money directly from their inbox," Lambert said.

Similar mobile Web options exist for BlackBerry and Amazon Fire, and BlackBerry users can continue to use the BBM app to send peer-to-peer payments, Lambert said.

Posted by Scott Bekker on May 26, 2016 at 10:55 AM


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