Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

Doris Richards
August 21, 2018

The former mobile OS slinger said that anyone determined enough to add a new app for Windows Phone 8.x to the Microsoft Store would be out of luck from 31 October 2018. The latest update bumps the app to v10.1807.2131.0 and removes the hamburger menu. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. If you're running Windows 10 Mobile, those apps can still be updated; it's just the Windows Phone 8.1 Store that's shutting down.

Enterprising Halloween retailers therefore have a narrow window of opportunity for selling affected users an effigy of Satya Nadella clutching a giant axe in order to frighten the dwindling cadre of Windows Phone fans. Then on July 1, 2019 Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier devices. This is no surprise, since that's after Windows 8.1 support ends.

There are various factors that lead to Windows 8 hate. The deadline for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 comes much later on July 1, 2023. That is a major change from previous versions of the Windows 10 Photos app, where all editing tools were available at a quick glance on the right-hand side of the UI. Even if Microsoft will not make Sticky Notes available to everyone on Android and iOS, it's nearly certain that the company will start testing them internally by the end of the year.

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