Microsoft is killing off its Microsoft Reader software next year.
The software giant revealed it will kill off its Reader software and service which includes access to over 60,000 eBook titles. Microsoft did not provide a reason for the closure but informed users in a message on the company’s website this week:
“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 after the discontinuation on August 30, 2012. New content for purchase from retailers in the .lit format will be discontinued on November 8, 2011.”
Microsoft’s Reader application was originally released in August, 2000. The application was designed for use on Microsoft’s original Pocket PC devices and was built into the Windows CE operating system. Microsoft also included its ClearType font technology in Reader. CNET News.com reports that Microsoft has not updated the desktop version of Reader since 2007, with a mobile update in 2009. Microsoft Reader will close fully on August 30, 2012.