Microsoft Announces eBook Reader App Closure

Microsoft Corporation on Monday announced discontinuation of its support for the e-book reader application.

Redmond, Washington-based software giant has decided to end support for the Reader app for e-books. The company will not sell anymore content through the Reader app starting November 8, while the support will be withdrawn subsequently.

“Microsoft is discontinuing Microsoft Reader effective August 30, 2012, which includes download access of the Microsoft Reader application from the Microsoft Reader website. However, customers may continue to use and access the Microsoft Reader application and any .lit materials on their PCs or devices,” the company wrote on its Reader website.

The company has allowed access to their downloaded content for an unlimited period of time, however, the company is not keen on providing any alternate app to help its customers transfer their content safely.

The announcement has raised doubts over the decision as e-book industry is at an all-time high thanks to leading companies including Apple Inc. and Amazon trying to create a niche along with launch of latest e-readers and tablet computers such as iPad 2 and Kindle.

The Reader app has fetched least support from the company as the desktop version was last updated in 2007 and the update for mobile phones came nearly two years ago.