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.