Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Microsoft Announces Kill Dates For Windows 8 Apps

Microsoft Announces Kill Dates For Windows 8 Apps

But today, the company announced a set of important cutoff dates for developers who distribute their apps through the Microsoft Store. I doubt there were many new applications on the way for both versions of Windows but the fact that Microsoft is closing off that option brings finality to the situation.

The doom of Windows 8 Mobile is now being officialised.

If you're still on an older version of Windows, Microsoft has been very clear that it wants you to move on.

That also means that this is your last chance to upgrade your phone to Windows 10 Mobile, if you're eligible. According to NetMarketShare.com, Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 devices account for a scarcely measurable 0.02 per cent of the mobile market.

Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended on, and mainstream support for Windows 8.1 ended this year on January 9, 2018.

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Windows Phone users will lose support for their native Microsoft Teams, Yammer, and Skype for Business apps as of next month.

The cut-off for apps targeting Windows 8 and 8.1 devices is a little further off. Microsoft plans to stop distributing updates to these devices on July 21, 2023.

July 1, 2023 - Microsoft stops the distribution of app updates to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 devices. Remember, you actually need to download an app from the Store to upgrade your device. Updates for apps will still be accepted.

Windows 8.x users won't be able to get new apps for their devices starting four and a half year before extended support runs out. If it does, power users should not fret.it will likely be a slow rollout as features make the jump before Microsoft eventually phases out the legacy Explorer app.

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