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

Angelica Greene
August 22, 2018

This is the date that Microsoft will stop accepting new apps for Windows 8.x or Windows Phone 8.x. 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.

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Microsoft is telling developers of apps for its older mobile and desktop operating systems to instead port their existing software to its Universal Windows Platform for targeting all Windows 10 devices, from Microsoft's HoloLens headset to PCs.

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Microsoft briefly rolled out out its "My Phone" app for Windows 10 more broadly.

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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.

It is of note that Microsoft need not limit UWP File Explorer to those devices, Indeed Microsoft has done a lot of work in building the Settings app as a replacement for Control Panel, and Microsoft Edge for Internet Explorer.

Windows Phone users will lose support for their native Microsoft Teams, Yammer, and Skype for Business apps as of next month. The mobile app will automatically sync notes with the desktop version of the app.

Microsoft published a roadmap yesterday for Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.x that highlights the end of support dates for app submissions and updates. However, Microsoft will make these available to Windows 10 devices. Extended support for the OS actually ends on January 10 of that year. If you're a developer, it will also only affect the select few who are hanging onto the Windows 8.x and Windows Phone platforms.

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