Windows 8 won’t be getting any app updates starting July 1st

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Still using Windows 8? Microsoft recently decided to stop sending app updates for Windows 8 systems much earlier than initially announced. The new deadline is now July 1st, 2019. 

Here’s the official announcement:

July 1st, 2019 – Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier devices, and Windows 8.
You’ll still be able to publish updates to all apps (including those with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier packages, and Windows 8 packages). However, these updates will only be made available to Windows 10 devices.

The post was written to inform developers about Microsoft’s plans to end the distribution of apps to Windows 8 systems and Windows Phone 8.

As a quick reminder, developers can no longer submit new apps for WP8.x, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Furthermore, Windows Phone 8.x devices and Windows 8/8.1 devices will stop receiving app updates starting July 1st, 2019.

Microsoft changed its plans

So, Microsoft is officially stopping updates for Windows 8 users starting July 1st, 4 years prior to the original deadline.

Microsoft ended support for Windows 8 operating system in January 2016. However, the latest statistics released by Netmarketshare confirmed that 0.95% of desktop users are still using Windows 8.

The deadline change definitely took a few developers by surprise. Some of them were planning to deliver new updates to Windows 8 systems.

If you’re still using Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, comment below and tell us why you chose to stick to this OS version. Are you planning to update your computer when the Windows 10 May Update is out?

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