Microsoft Is Shutting down Windows Phone 8.1’s App Store in December

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The Lumia 640 from Microsoft.
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All good things must come to an end. Microsoft is shutting down the Windows Phone 8.1 app store this coming December. The Redmond-based tech giant pulled the plug on Windows Phone 8.1 back in July 2017 which meant that Windows phone running the operating system could no longer get software updates.

Microsoft is now killing the app store this coming December. Users still on Windows Phone 8.1 won’t be able to download any apps from the app store form the 16th of December.

Apps still on the Windows Phone 8.1 app store will not receive updates and some will malfunction as a result of not getting Microsoft’s services.



Windows 10 Mobile

The only solution for those still holding on Windows Phones is to update your Lumia device to Windows 10 Mobile although Microsoft is also planning to end their official support for Windows 10 Mobile by the end of this year too.

The good thing is that the app store will still be operational.

Windows 10 Mobile Update


If you’re planning to update to Windows 10 Mobile, go to the Windows Phone 8.1 app store now and download the Upgrade Advisor app or the PC updater tool.

Lumia Devices that are eligible for the Windows 10 Mobile Update include:

  • Nokia Lumia 1520
  • Nokia Lumia 930
  • Nokia Lumia Icon
  • Nokia Lumia 929
  • Nokia Lumia 830
  • Nokia Lumia 735
  • Nokia Lumia 730
  • Nokia Lumia 638
  • Nokia Lumia 636
  • Nokia Lumia 635
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
  • Microsoft Lumia 540
  • Microsoft Lumia 535
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
  • Microsoft Lumia 430
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