Last year, Microsoft announced when it would be killing app updates and distribution in the Windows Store for Windows Phone 8.x and Windows 8.x. At the time, the blog post stated that Windows Phone 8.x devices would stop receiving app updates after July 1, 2019, while Windows 8.x devices would get app updates through July 1, 2023.
However, it seems as though plans have changed a little bit, as the blog post has quietly been updated earlier this month. As spotted by Nawzil on Twitter, Microsoft has changed the wording in the post to state that Windows 8 devices will stop getting updates for their apps at the same time as Windows Phone 8.x, that is, July 1 of this year. Windows 8.1 devices will continue to receive updates through the previously announced date in 2023.
Not entirely surprising, and this will affect pretty much nobody since Windows 8.1 is a free update.
I know that this whole thing is very confusing (I read all the blogs linked, and the official announcements, and I’m still dizzy), but 8.1 is also getting updates stopped.
That means that anyone in all versions of 8 will have to move to another device or operating system.
Only existing applications in the 8.1 store will receive updates.