Windows Phone will continue its slow march to death through 2019

Windows Phone will continue its slow march to death through 2019

Windows Phone will continue its slow march to death through 2019

Developers can still update these apps, but not for long either - Microsoft will also stop delivering updates to Windows Phone apps starting 1 July 2019 while Windows 8 apps will no longer be able to be updated after 1 July 2023. Naturally, if you're still on Windows 8.1, Microsoft wants you on Windows 10.

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.

That also means that this is your last chance to upgrade your phone to Windows 10 Mobile, if you're eligible.

YouTuber Kamer Kaan Avdan, who has previously created concept videos for Windows 11, iOS 12 and Android 9.0, and most recently brought Windows XP, Windows 95 and Windows 7 bang up to date, gives us a glimpse of what the future could be like, with a new video showcasing his vision of Windows XP Mobile - 2018 Edition.

Windows 8.1 dropped out of mainstream support earlier this year, entering the five-year extended support period in which it receives only security fixes.


These dates mostly affect the population of apps on Microsoft's store more than support for the OS themselves.

A few years later, on July 1, 2023, it will be time for Windows 8.x to fail to see app updates coming.

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.

With Windows 8, things changed. The upgrade will not be made available automatically. Updates for apps will still be accepted. On mobile there were no apps on Windows 8 and as such both the desktop and mobile versions of the OS were doomed quite early on into their lifecycles.

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