Windows Phone 8.1 app store officially shuts down

Windows 10 Mobile has been a dying platform and currently, its market share is reduced to less than 1%. Since the release of version 1709 in 2017, Windows 10 Mobile has never been updated again. At the end of the last year, Microsoft announced that it would officially stop supporting Windows 10 Mobile from 10th December 2019.

Presently, the announced date has already arrived. However, Microsoft made an announcement conveying that Office application (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) on phones running on Windows 10 Mobile will be postponed until 12th January 2021. At that time, these applications will no longer receive Microsoft’s security updates, security patches, free auxiliary support, or online technical content updates.

Windows Phone 8.1 app store officially shuts down
Windows Phone 8.1 app store officially shuts down

Microsoft launched its Windows 10 Mobile operating system back in 2015. It succeeded the poorly adopted Windows Phone 8.1 which was used only by a few manufacturers. The new operating system did not have much successful than its predecessor either. It should be noted that the only well known Windows 10 Mobile smartphones are Nokia Lumia and HP Elite X3.

Microsoft also said that it will still strongly support Office applications on iOS and Android, and recommend users to move to iOS or Android as soon as possible.

The Windows Phone 8.1 app store got officially closed today. Lumia smartphones that run on Windows Phone 8.1 will continue to work after this date but will not be able to download or install apps and receive updates.

Frankly, Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile both ended in failure. Back in October, the launch of the Surface Duo smartphone reflected that the tech giant has not yet given up on the mobile field but it should also be noted that the device runs on Android.

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