Vimeo updates its mobile app to support Windows Phone 8, leaves Windows Phone 7 behind

Vimeo updates its mobile app to support Windows Phone 8, leaves Windows Phone 7 behind

Great news for new Windows Phone 8-running handsets owners: Vimeo’s app for the platform has been updated.

The bad news, as WPCentral reported, is that the application no longer appears to run on Windows Phone 7 devices. According to the publication, it remains unknown “if this is yet-another-Store error.”

If indeed Vimeo has left Windows Phone 7 behind, it has effectively shut the door on the last two years of the mobile platform. That would not bode well for early adopters of Windows Phone, who could find themselves increasingly isolated, left out of the coming future of the platform.

In a sense that is inevitable, as the architecture that Windows Phone 7, 7.1, 7.5, and 7.8 run on is now retired; apps built for Windows Phone 8 will increasingly not run on the older versions.

However, the update to Vimeo’s app isn’t much to sneeze at. The following is the full change log:

  • Watch and manage all your existing Vimeo videos
  • Watch videos from your Vimeo inbox, Watch Later queue, or videos you have liked
  • Use NFC Tap-to-Share to share Vimeo videos between phones
  • Create live tiles from your videos or featured channels
  • Easily like, comment on, and add videos to your Watch Later queue
  • Discover new and fascinating featured videos
  • Quickly search for videos on Vimeo
  • Easily upload your footage in HD
  • Pause and resume uploads
  • Replace existing videos
  • Share via Facebook, Twitter, email, or SMS
  • Add videos to your Groups, Channels, and Albums

Now just like in the commercials, you can tap to share.

TNW has requested comment from Microsoft on whether the app does indeed not function of Windows Phone 7 devices, or if that is merely an error.

Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Phone 7.x users can quickly expect Vimeo to return. Exclusion appears to be an accident.

Top Image Credit: Vernon Chan

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