We have some bad news for developers who have created apps that run on Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8. The Microsoft Store which is the official app store that those two operating systems use is no longer going to accept any apps that run on Windows 8/8.1 or Windows Phone 8 (XAP and APPX). Therefore, all app developers are advised to port their apps to Microsoft’s newer operating system, Windows 10.
Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8/8.1
The tech giant confirmed that starting October 31st, 2018 it will stop accepting any new apps. On the bright side of things, Microsoft will keep offering software updates to the two operating systems until July 2023. In addition, Microsoft said that the only operating system that will keep receiving software updates after July 2023 is Windows 10.
Even though they share the same name, we need to mention that the Microsoft Store and Microsoft’s physical stores are two entirely different things in order to avoid confusion.
Microsoft wanted to make sure that developers know when their apps are going to stop receiving support and it revealed an official timeline. On October 31st, 2018 Microsoft will stop support new app submissions. On July 1st, 2019 Microsoft will stop distributing all app updates to Windows Phone 8.X and on July 1st, 2013 Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows 8/8.1.
The Universal Windows Platform
The reason why Microsoft is encouraging all developers to port their apps to newer operating systems is because it wants them to make Windows 10 a universal operating system. Therefore, all Windows users should make sure to update their devices to Windows 10 because Microsoft is focusing all its attention on it.