Microsoft Authenticator watchOS app to be discontinued in January

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In case you use the Microsoft Authenticator app in your Apple Watch, be ready to search for another beginning January 2023.

Yet one more companion app is leaving the Apple Watch, and this time it’s the two-factor authentication app, Microsoft Authenticator.

In a help put up noticed by 9to5Mac, Microsoft confirmed {that a} new replace to the Microsoft Authenticator iOS app will trigger the watchOS companion app to stop working.

Microsoft means that anybody who at present has the watchOS app put in to delete it, as it is going to be nonfunctional someday in January.

In keeping with Microsoft, watchOS is incompatible with Microsoft Authenticator’s safety features.

After all, anybody who wants to make use of Microsoft Authenticator to entry their Microsoft account will nonetheless be capable of use the app on iPhone or iPad — it’s solely Apple Watch that’s affected.

This marks one other app that’s quietly leaving the Apple Watch. In 2017, Google pulled its companion Google Maps app, however later reinstated help for it in 2020.

Whereas eBay launched its watchOS app in 2015, it eliminated it in 2017.

In 2018, enterprise messaging platform Slack depreciated its Apple Watch app.

In 2019, Niantic pulled the Pokemon Go companion app from the Apple Watch lower than three years after it was launched.