Adding to the exodus of app developers for the Apple Watch, Microsoft announces that it will retire the watchOS version of the Microsoft Authenticator app, citing “incompatibilities with the security features” of the Apple-developed platform.
Helpfully enough, the Apple Watch version of the Microsoft Authenticator app allows users to generate two-step authentication codes without searching for their mobile phone or tablet, ready to use with the device they are currently using. Unfortunately, starting in January 2023 Apple fans will only have the iPhone and iPad edition of the app.
The company claims that the decision to pull the companion app for watchOS was made to protect user security, as the Apple Watch operating system is “incompatible with Authenticator security features.” Microsoft is also advising users who still have Authenticator installed on their Apple Watch to delete the app, as it will no longer work starting next month.
Also starting next month, the option to pair watchOS-based devices in the main iOS app will be removed. Microsoft Authenticator will still allow pairing of other supported OS devices, such as WearOS-based devices.
The app is available for free in the App Store and can be installed on any device running iOS 14 or later.