Microsoft prepares to discontinue the old Windows Phone store

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

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

“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.

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