Another nail is hammered into Windows Phone’s coffin. Windows Store for Windows Phone 8.1 will be discontinued on December 16, making the obsolete operating system useless.
Microsoft has been slowly leading Windows Phone to its demise. In October 2018, Microsoft stopped accepting the new application and game submissions for Windows Phone 8.1, and the company stopped distributing updated app packages on July 1.
Starting December 16, Microsoft plans to discontinue Windows Phone 8.1 Store and Lumia phones will completely stop receiving support from Microsoft.
The Redmond firm warns that Windows Store will not allow users to download and install any new applications, and the company recommends users to download all apps that they might want before the deadline.
In simple words, you won’t be able to:
- Download and install new apps.
- Reinstall apps.
- Access all features of apps.
“Support for Windows Phone 8.1 operating system ended on July 11, 2017. As a culmination of the end of support process, the Windows Phone 8.1 Store will shut down on December 16, 2019. Lumia phones using Windows Phone 8.1 and any apps that have already been downloaded from the Store may continue to work after this date,” the firm stated.
With Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile gone, Android and iOS are the only two options left for smartphone users.