Windows Phone 8.1 will have its store closed in December | Cell phone

Microsoft added yet another lime shovel to Windows Phone 8.1, still present in several Lumia family phones. The company announced that the operating system application store will be discontinued on December 16.

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As of this date, it will no longer be possible to download applications or recover those that were uninstalled on the phone. Thus, if it is necessary to restore the factory settings, the device will become even more limited.

It is worth remembering that Microsoft had already ended support for Windows Phone 8.1 in July 2017. Since then, the system and applications have remained available to users without receiving any updates.

The system was the last to be unrelated to its desktop equivalent. That changed with Windows 10 Mobile, which is also in its final days. However, the latest version of the system for cell phones is expected to be useful for some time.

According to Microsoft, 17 models from the Lumia line may work around the end of the Windows Phone 8.1 app store. The devices below can be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile, which still allows you to download apps:

  • Microsoft Lumia 430
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
  • Microsoft Lumia 535
  • Microsoft Lumia 540
  • Nokia Lumia 635 (1 GB RAM version only)
  • Nokia Lumia 636
  • Nokia Lumia 638
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
  • Nokia Lumia 730
  • Nokia Lumia 735
  • Nokia Lumia 830
  • Nokia Lumia 929
  • Nokia Lumia Icon
  • Nokia Lumia 930
  • Nokia Lumia 1520

Despite the advantage, the situation is not so positive. That’s because Windows 10 Mobile is also numbered. Microsoft will no longer support it on December 10, which also suggests an end to its app store.

With information: Microsoft, SlashGear.

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