The company initially planned to stop rolling out app updates to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 on July 1, 2023, according to the original schedule.
“You’ll still be in a position to publish updates to any or all apps (including individuals with Windows 8 and 8.1 packages). However, these updates will only be distributed around Windows 10 devices,” the company told developers in the announcement.
But because reported on Twitter by @nawzil10, the deadline was quietly gone to live in July 1, 2019. “Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier devices, and Windows 8,” the message now reads.
What’s vital that you know is that this updated schedule only concerns Windows 8, and never Windows 8.1. Based on Microsoft’s announcement, Windows 8.1 app updates continue to be projected to become retired on July 1, 2023.
“Windows 8 no more receiving support”
Microsoft pulling support for Windows 8 app updates sooner than anticipated isn’t necessarily surprising news. Not only that Windows 8’s share of the market is currently very small, however the operating system itself no longer receives support since 2016. Users can upgrade to Windows 8.1 free of charge.
In the meantime, Microsoft is pushing harder for Windows 10, so the easiest way to carry on receiving app updates is to upgrade to this latest operating system.
“As a part of our Windows device life-cycle, Microsoft Store will quickly stop accepting newly discovered apps with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier or Windows 8/8.1 packages (XAP and APPX). Right after that date, we will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier and Windows 8/8.1 devices; in those days, updates will only be made available to customers using Windows 10 devices,” Microsoft explains.
Windows 8 was officially launched on October 26, 2012, while Windows 8.1 was introduced only a year later.