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Microsoft announces it will soon stop supporting apps for Windows 8

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Microsoft has announced that it will cease to support apps for Windows 8 at the end of October.

In a blog post (opens in new tab), the company clarified that come October 31, the Microsoft Store will stop accepting apps from developers targeted at Windows 8/8.1 (or indeed Windows Phone 8.x).

Furthermore, Microsoft also reminded folks that from July 2023, updates for existing Windows 8 apps will be done away with as well, and will only be supplied to those using Windows 10 (of course extended support for Windows 8.1 finishes in January 2023, anyway – so the show is effectively over at that point).

Clearly, this is another move by Microsoft to focus more on Windows 10, and herd those who haven’t yet upgraded towards its newest desktop operating system.

Universal acclaim

Software developers are being encouraged to port their apps to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and fully get on board the Windows 10 train, unsurprisingly.

If you were wondering how Microsoft’s newest operating system has been doing of late, Windows 10 is still growing, and indeed stripping away users from Windows 7, according to the two big stat-crunching firms which keep an eye on desktop OS market share.

The computing population using Windows 8.1 is continuing to slide, and according to NetMarketShare, it’s currently installed on only 7.5% of Windows PCs. That’s a minority Microsoft will be hoping to make considerably smaller with this move…

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Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for TechRadar (and occasionally T3) across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel - 'I Know What You Did Last Supper' - was published by Hachette UK in 2013).