Windows Phone 8.1
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We’ve known for a while that Windows phones have no future and the software giant has stopped developing updates for Windows Phone 8.1 devices. It appears that situation will soon get worse.

Microsoft today announced that it’s ending support for Windows Phone Store next year and the developers won’t be able to publish new updates for their apps in Store for Windows Phone 8.1 and older versions. On the other hand, Windows 10 Mobile is in maintenance mode and support is projected to come to an end in late 2019 but it’ll continue to receive all kind of apps updates.

Starting July 1st, 2019,  Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier devices.

“You’ll still be able to publish updates to all apps (including those with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier packages). However, these updates will only be made available to Windows 10 devices,” Microsoft writes in a blog post.

“October 31st, 2018 – Microsoft will stop accepting new app submissions with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier or Windows 8/8.1 packages (XAP or APPX)This will not affect existing apps with packages targeting Windows Phone 8.x or earlier and/or Windows 8/8.1,” the company explains.

  • Bezukhov

    They can have my Lumia 640 XL when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

    • Uncommon_Tater

      Same goes for my 950XL.

  • Jonas Nielsen

    Well they will not get my Lumia 950 XL and even if they discontinue Win 10 Mobile December, 2019 then I don’t care. I use my Samsung Galaxy S8(Sexy little phone by the way) Android Oreo 8.0. I can even run a Microsoft Launcher on that if needed to hook my phone up against the PC. Android is the future now and it is also my weapon of choice when looking for a solid smartphone with great hardware specs for the bucks.