Pokemon Go is exclusive to Android and iOS, and with Niantic not saying a word about a potential plan to bring the game on Windows Phone, many Microsoft users are pondering a potential switch in the coming weeks in order to be able to play the most recent mobile sensation.

Posts in the majority of Microsoft online communities show that even the most hardcore Windows Phone are considering switching to either an Android handset or an iPhone because the lack of apps is becoming a really frustrating problem for the platform.


Critical times for Windows Phone

Without a doubt, although the lack of apps isn’t necessarily an issue for many users on Windows Phone, Niantic’s decision to bring Pokemon Go on Android and iOS exclusively is just the tip of the iceberg. There are Microsoft customers who are no longer willing to simply accept being left behind every time – you can read here why Pokemon Go must be released for Windows Phone (hint: it’s not because it’s an awesome game).

“I’m going to switch to an S7 edge soon. I really like Windows Phone and am not really a fan of android, but out of the 10 Apps I want to use 7 aren’t available on Windows Phone. Pokemon is just one of them that my friends talk about and I can only say that I can’t play it. For some stuff I even have to use my old crappy iPod. Goodbye Windows Phone, you could’ve been great,” a redditor explains in a comment.

And certainly, there are many more users who are thinking of switching from Windows Phone just because they’re being left behind every time a new major app is released, so without even wanting to, Niantic’s decision is actually hurting Microsoft’s mobile platform more than anyone has ever imagined.

The app gap has reached too many users lately, so the next months might be critical to Windows Phone, despite the arrival of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2.

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