Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

Windows 10's Screen Sketch is now to be called Snip & Sketch and lets users snip and draw on screen captures.               Image Microsoft

This is due to the fact that starting this November, Microsoft will no longer be accepting new apps for Windows 8.x or Windows Phone 8.x into the Microsoft Store.

Windows 8.0 has already reached EoL so if you're still using that, as 1.19 per cent of desktop users worldwide are, then get to the Microsoft Store and upgrade for flip's sake. On mobile there were no apps on Windows 8 and as such both the desktop and mobile versions of the OS were doomed quite early on into their lifecycles. It's not like we weren't warned. As with the arrival of new versions, the company, of course, I am talking about the tech giant Microsoft has been looking for users to upgrade their platforms or, in the case of mobile, to change the operating systems. It's unlikely many people will give a flying fig. The app will allow smartphone users to sync their notes from their Windows 10 PC to the cloud and access them while on the go.

With no future for Windows Phone, Microsoft has now laid out its plans for the remnants of its mobile effort. With Windows Phone gone, Android and iOS are basically the only two options left.

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Windows Phone is dead, but Microsoft has released a new updater tool to keep your devices patched. According to NetMarketShare.com, Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 devices account for a scarcely measurable 0.02 per cent of the mobile market.

Windows 8.1 dropped out of mainstream support earlier this year, entering the five-year extended support period in which it receives only security fixes.

These dates mostly affect the population of apps on Microsoft's store more than support for the OS themselves. Here's how your business can respond.

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