Windows Phone's terminal wind-down: Microsoft sets new sunset dates

Windows Phone's terminal wind-down: Microsoft sets new sunset dates

Now, according to the latest reports, the tech giant Microsoft's app store, of course, Microsoft Store to stop accepting Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 applications.

On Monday, Microsoft announced that it'll stop accepting new app submissions for Windows Phone 8.x or earlier on October 31, 2018. But on July 1, 2019, Microsoft will also stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or older. Quite some way from the mighty 0.12 per cent claimed by Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft previous year announced that it would not release any new features for Windows 10 Mobile, and HP has also discontinued the Elite X3, one of two Windows 10 phones still for sale on Microsoft's website. Also here is not abnormal the end of the support, since it will be in early 2023 that the end of support extended to Windows 8.x will be terminated.

Microsoft has been gradually winding things down for Windows 8 and 8.1, along with Windows Phone 8, for some time. Remember, you actually need to download an app from the Store to upgrade your device.

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A few years later, on July 1, 2023, it will be time for Windows 8.x to fail to see app updates coming. Then again, both operating systems no longer have much users these days after all. While desktop programs behave the same on Windows 8.x as they do on Windows 7 devices, it is an entirely different situation for apps.

On one hand, we could look at it and say "there's ol" Microsoft, strangling parts of an operating system to try and encourage upgrades to happen quicker' but in truth?

Developers can still publish updates to all existing apps in the store, including those with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier packages.

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