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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WP7 all over again
by Morgan on Thu 8th Mar 2018 00:01 UTC
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This is exactly what happened when WP7 devices reached end of life. My HTC Arrive would still be a usable smartphone today if the Windows Store hadn't left it behind. It's still usable as a basic phone since all of the built in phone-centric apps work fine, though being a non-LTE device locked to the Sprint network severely limits use while traveling.

My mom is rocking my old Lumia 521 with Windows 10 Mobile and it is showing no signs of aging; it is as fast as it was the day I got it (five years ago!) and it gives her nearly a week of battery life. She hated smartphones until she started using it, which I understand completely given how good the WP interface is.

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