Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Mar 2018 22:09 UTC

While Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows Phone 8.1 more than six months ago, there are some users that still utilize the platform as their daily driver. Although the company's overall mobile initiative isn't faring too well either, most users on older platforms are still there because they prefer it over the competition or weren't offered an upgrade path to Windows 10 Mobile.

However, it now appears that Windows Phone 8.1 users are facing some unforeseen problems with the Store - and no, it isn't regarding the dearth of apps. According to reports, people on the platform have been unable to download apps from the Store since yesterday.

While I'm sure this particular case is just some weird bug, it does highlight a real problem - what happens to a perfectly fine phone phone running a walled garden platform when its creator ceases to offer application store services? In an ideal world, such a platform would be opened up and set free, but I highly doubt that's going to happen here.

The reality will be that a lot of perfectly fine phones will end up in the trash.

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Perfectly fine?
by jnemesh on Mon 5th Mar 2018 23:36 UTC
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Any Windows Phone ISNT "perfectly fine", and wasn't even when new! But to expect support after it's been killed is stupid. I can no longer download apps for my Palm Pre either. I saw the writing on the wall and bought into a platform that WOULD be supported! Even then, I didn't hang onto my Galaxy S Epic for years after, I bought several new phones since then. Smartphones aren't PCs and users shouldnt expect them to have any kind of life after official support for the product ends. To expect otherwise is just stupid.

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