Microsoft begins killing off the Windows 8 app store

Gerald Bowen
August 21, 2018

We all know very well that the tech giant Microsoft has been clear about the need to upgrade its operating systems. With Windows 10, Sticky Notes got a much-needed revamp.

Additionally, opening the edit function on a photo in this version will now default you to a crop and rotate page. On July 1, 2019 updates of the apps created for Windows Phone 8.x will be terminated. Existing apps will still be able to roll out updates as necessary, but the distribution of app updates will be slowly winding down over the next several years, starting with Windows Phone 8.x apps next year. If you're a developer, it will also only affect the select few who are hanging onto the Windows 8.x and Windows Phone platforms.

Microsoft's current mobile efforts are focused on syncing Windows 10 with Android and iOS through its Edge smartphone app and the new Your Phone app, which should be available with the next major feature release of Windows 10, version 1809, expected to reach the public in October. With Windows Phone gone, Android and iOS are basically the only two options left.

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To be fair, Windows Phone users have had plenty of warning.

It was not as disastrous as the Windows ME or Windows Vista (though some might argue that it was) but Windows 8 and even Windows 8.1 were met with far more resistance than Microsoft was expecting.

Microsoft has ended support for Windows Phone 8.1, meaning users will no longer receive important updates. All of this happens after the operating systems are out of support, except for the inability to add new apps to the Store.

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