As Microsoft previously announced, the company is shutting down the Windows Store on Windows Phone 8.1 devices today. The only way to get apps for your phone now it to upgrade to Windows 10.
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It's been a long time coming, but Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile will no longer be supported after today. It will get its final update with today's Patch Tuesday batch of cumulative updates.
It's the end of the line for Windows phones, and WhatsApp is still on board, but only until the end of the year. The app will stop working on Windows 10 Mobile beginning on December 31.
Microsoft has updated a support page to reflect that beginning on December 16, the Windows Phone Store will shut down. It will still work on Windows 10 Mobile devices for the time being.
Some images have surfaced online showing off HP's canceled Windows phone, which was apparently called the Pro x3. The device doesn't seem to be a flagship like the Elite x3 though.
On this week's episode of the Neowin Podcast, we talk about the long overdue release of Windows 10 19H2 builds to Insiders, another nail in Windows Phone's coffin, and more. Come join us!
As was announced last August, Microsoft will no longer be distributing app updates for devices running Windows Phone beginning today. You'll need to update to Windows 10 Mobile for apps.
A number of things happened this last week, including the start of testing for Halo on PC, a small set of patches being made available, and Edge Dev coming to Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 Catch up below.
This week, Rich and João talk about the possibility of running Android apps on Microsoft's Centaurus device, Microsoft's departure from Intel processors, and the mistakes made with Windows Phone.
At a recent interview at a venture capital firm, Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates spoke briefly about the company's failure at mobile, calling it his "greatest mistake ever".
After it was originally reported that the Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile is going to be killed off, it has been confirmed that other Facebook apps, including Messenger, are also going away.
Another week, another compilation of news that's come out of Redmond. Find out about the start of 19H1's Bug Bash, some nice additions to the Backwards Compatibility list, and more below.
Microsoft published on its website that the Wallet app for Windows phones will be retired at the end of next month. The service allowed people to organize their loyalty cards and make mobile payments.
With the year's end just over a week away, Microsoft was busy pushing out previews, updates, and and some interesting gaming news to boot. Find all that and more in the handy guide below.
A new report shows off Microsoft's unreleased feature phone in all its glory, and while the device has its own OS, it has a Windows Phone UI. The firm never released a Microsoft-branded feature phone.
Since this weekend, people who are still rocking Windows Phone 8.x devices have been denied the right to download and update their apps in the Windows Store, instead getting an error message.
The bootloader unlocking software for Windows 10 Mobile, aptly named Windows Phone Internals, has been made open source by the project's developer, René Lergner. The code is now available on GitHub.
Microsoft today announced the dates that it will be killing off the Store on Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x. Phone users will have until next year, while PC users will have until 2023.
Slack is dropping support for Windows Phone. The app will continue to be available for download from the Store, and will remain functional for the foreseeable future, but won't receive updates.
It seems that there's now only one Windows phone that's left being sold, as Microsoft today removed the Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 from its online store. That leaves the HP Elite x3.
Twitter today announced that its PWA is available. Unfortunately, that came with the news that if you don't have a device that supports it, your app won't work beginning next month.
There's been quite a bit to unpack regarding the events of this week at the Redmond campus. Be sure to catch up to the news about earnings, gaming, updates, and everything else via our handy guide.
For the first time, all of the remaining Lumia handsets that were on sale at the Microsoft Store as recently as late February are now shown as 'Not Available' instead of 'Out of stock'.
Microsoft is discontinuing support for Skype for Business, Teams, and Yammer apps for Windows Phone. Development efforts will now be transitioned to the Android, iOS, and desktop counterparts.
Huawei's new P20 Pro has a 40-megapixel camera, and it's the first of its kind in almost five years. The last was the Nokia Lumia 1020, so now it's time to see how the two devices measure up.
It appears that long-supporting app developer Kiloo has finally ended support for endless runner Subway Surfers on Windows phones, blaming Microsoft's "development plans" for the platform.
People still using Windows Phone 8.1 devices are having trouble with the Store - and no, it isn't related to the dearth of apps. They are being hit with error 80070020 and the usual fix isn't working.
This week, Microsoft announced that it's shutting down push notifications for devices running Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0, as both platforms are unsupported. Windows Phone 8.1 is safe.
While Uber has been publishing its apps in the Windows Store since 2013, it appears that the ridesharing firm has finally lost interest in the platform and has dropped support for its Windows 10 app.
The project to run Windows RT on Windows phones has reached a new milestone. The Lumia 640 XL being used as a test device for this project is now able to run Microsoft Store apps as well.
Navigon will be ditching the Windows mobile platform as well, joining the long list of high-profile apps that have decided to move on to other options following the 'death' of Windows 10 Mobile.
For quite a while, Microsoft enthusiasts have been working on running Windows RT on the Lumia 640 XL. Now, GPU support on the aforementioned phone's processor and audio via Bluetooth has been enabled.
Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc said on Twitter this week that there are no new Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview builds coming. The news is no surprise, as the company is no longer focusing on Mobile.
Microsoft officially put its Groove music streaming service out to pasture on January 1st. As a result, the company's digital assistant lost the ability to identify songs vis-à-vis Shazam.
Once again, a video has emerged to show us what might have been, demonstrating a prototype Windows phone that is compatible with N-Trig, the technology behind Microsoft's Surface Pen.
WhatsApp previously announced that it will not support BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone 8 and older from December 31. Users will be able to use the app, but new features won't make it to the app.
One of the better-known mobile game developers: Gameloft; has finally folded on Microsoft's more-or-less dead mobile platform. The decision came after Microsoft discontinued W10M's development.
Microsoft has denied reports of Delta ditching the company because of any form of mistrust, and has instead stated that its move to Apple will only occur because of smaller bag sizes for employees.
An Over-the-cable Updater tool has been made available by Microsoft to update all eligible Windows phones to the latest version available. Previously, users had to install each update individually.
Delta will be replacing its Surface tablets and Lumia smartphones with iPhones and iPads for its crew early next year, after three years of using the aforementioned Microsoft devices onboard.