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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Lumia 520 still on WP8.1
by wigry on Tue 6th Mar 2018 13:47 UTC
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I still use my Lumia 520 with WP8.1 as a daily driver as there is not a single reason not to. The battery still lasts a week and the calls and SMSes run well. The IE can render those few pages I occasionally visit (like my banks web to make a quick payment every once in a while) and the alarm wakes me up in the morning.

Still I am surprised when phone notifies me about some updates as I am fully aware that the platform has been abandoned. Just a month ago I got an update to OneDrive app and weather app and couple of others. So there are still developers out there who build software for WP8.1

But yes as told I see no fault in WP8.1 functionality and as a simple phone it is more than adequate and I have no plan to upgrade any time soon.

Edited 2018-03-06 13:48 UTC

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