Microsoft Specifies End Dates for Windows 8 and 8.1 Apps in the Microsoft Store
Microsoft wants developers of Windows 8 / 8.1 applications in the Microsoft Store to port their apps to Windows 10, and it described some coming app deadlines, maybe as an incentive.
Specifically, Microsoft plans to end the ability of developers to distribute new application submissions to the Microsoft Store for Windows 8 / 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.x operating systems. New app submissions for those OSes will end, starting on Oct. 31
This restriction will not apply to existing apps in the Microsoft Store. Developers with existing apps for Windows 8 / 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.x will still be able to submit application updates after the Oct. 31 date.
Microsoft's announcement indicated. In the case of Windows 8 / 8.1 apps, the ability to provide application updates from the Microsoft Store will be ending on July 1, 2023.
App update support from the Microsoft Store is even shorter for Windows Phone app developers. Microsoft plans to "stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier devices" from the Microsoft Store on July 1, 2019.
It may seem that Microsoft is punishing Windows Phone app developers prematurely, but the July 1, 2019 end date could actually be thought of as an extension of sorts. Windows Phone 8.1 actually fell out of Microsoft's support policy on July 11, 2017, meaning that Microsoft no longer issues security and quality updates to it. It's a potentially unsafe OS to use.
In contrast, the Windows 8.1 OS is scheduled to fall out of support on Jan. 10, 2023. Microsoft will allow developers to distribute app updates from the Microsoft Store for about seven months after that particular OS end date.
As for Windows 8, it lost support on Jan. 12, 2016. Windows 8 is a dead OS, so it's surprising that Microsoft is still allowing Microsoft Store app updates to continue for it until July 1, 2023.
According to Microsoft's App Developer Agreement document, Microsoft can end its agreement with developers for any reason after giving "at least sixty (60) days' written notice." Microsoft kan ikke se mye språk i aftalen om Microsofts rolle med hensyn til Microsoft Store-appoppdateringsstøtte, bortsett fra at Microsoft tester og certificerer oppdateringene. Developers are described as being responsible for submitting app updates and they are not allowed to add new functionality to their apps.
Microsoft's announcement did not describe Microsoft Store support for Windows 10 apps. Men hver Windows 10-version er støttet for bare 18 måneder under Microsofts "Windows as a service" -program. Developer apps could possibly be removed from the store if they do not keep current. "Microsoft kan ikke ha utformet en formell politikk ennå, ifølge Rob Sanfilippo, en analytiker med oberoende rådgivning Directions on Microsoft, based in Kirkland, Wash.
" Microsoft may start removing applications from the Store, hvis de ikke støtter de nyeste versjoner av Windows 10, "Sanfilippo comments via email. "Dette kan bety at udviklere skal regelmæssigt teste og opdatere deres applikationer med de ofte ankommende Windows 10-builds for at blive offentliggjort." Der er dog ikke angivet nogen sådan politik endnu. "