Microsoft will shutdown Windows Phone 8.1 Store in December

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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.

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