This is due to the fact that starting this November, Microsoft will no longer be accepting new apps for Windows 8.x or Windows Phone 8.x into the Microsoft Store.
Although Windows 8.1 doesn't reach its end of life date until 10 January 2023, it's clear that Microsoft wants to make sure it can get away on time and has already, seemingly, chose to lock the doors, put the blinds down and cash up the tills. It's not like we weren't warned.
Crucially, while updates will no longer be distributed to older devices after the above dates, developers for these apps can still publish updates. As with the arrival of new versions, the company, of course, I am talking about the tech giant Microsoft has been looking for users to upgrade their platforms or, in the case of mobile, to change the operating systems. It's unlikely many people will give a flying fig.
Windows 8 was never too popular.
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In with the desktop announcement, there's a second EoL which will affect an even smaller number of people.
Want some examples? Limiting new processor support to Windows 10, making Microsoft Edge Windows 10 exclusive only to release it later on for Android and iOS as well, or pulling support agents from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 support forums. That is a major change from previous versions of the Windows 10 Photos app, where all editing tools were available at a quick glance on the right-hand side of the UI.
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On July 1, 2023, the same will happen to devices running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Both operating systems are in the extended support phase which means that Microsoft will release security updates for the operating systems but won't push updates with new features anymore. Here's how your business can respond.