Bad news for Tinder fans who own Windows Phone handsets, as the only application close to their favorite application, 6tindr has been removed from Windows Phone Store. The unofficial Tinder app has been released a few days ago after quite long developing process.
It appears that the application has been pulled at the request of Microsoft and Tinder, but this shouldn't be too much of a surprise.
Developed by Rudy Huyn, 6tindr allows Windows Phone users to find out who likes them nearby and connect with them if they are also interested.
Here is what Huyn had to say about the not so unexpected turn of events: “If you want me to remove 6tindr from the Windows Phone Store I will respect your wishes, however I appeal to you that we work together so we can provide your new Windows Phone users – who are clearly passionate about using your service – with an awesome Tinder experience.
I request that you please allow me the pleasure of helping you grow the popularity of Tinder within the Windows Phone community. I feel that together we can do great things for Windows Phone users, and I’d love to assist in any way possible to help bring an official Tinder app to Windows Phone.”
Obviously, since Microsoft was one of the parts asking for 6tindr to be removed from Windows Phone Store, the application has been pulled unusually fast.
Those who want to take advantage of the unofficial Tinder application will not be able to do so anymore, as 6tindr is inaccessible as of now.
It's rather weird to see Microsoft shooting themselves in the foot by removing important apps from an ecosystem that already has too few popular applications available.
Perhaps keeping 6tindr in the Windows Phone Store until an official Tinder app will be released would have been a better move.
[UPDATE]: Here is Huyn's letter to Microsoft and Tinder.