Windows 8.1/10: No mobile apps, no MSN apps

[German]Microsoft is cutting its app eco systems. Windows 8.1 users won't be able to use MSN apps after June 3, 2019. And it seems, that Microsoft Store won't support Windows 10 Mobile apps in future anymore.


We'll break up early

Microsoft had a roadmap for its mobile device customers on how long app developers can still submit apps for Windows Phone 8.x. Here is the originally planned timetable from a MS article:

  • October 31, 2018: Microsoft does not accept new apps for Windows Phone 8.x or earlier or Windows 8/8.1 apps (XAP or APPX packages). This does not apply to existing apps that have already been submitted to the store for these platforms.   
  • July 1, 2019: Microsoft stops distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or older devices. Developers can distribute app updates further via the store. But they are only available for Windows 10.

    July 1, 2023: Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows 8/8.1 devices.

So if you depends on apps in Windows 8.x, you will run into trouble in summer 2023. Bugs in apps for Windows 8.x can't be fixed after summer 2019 – because the distribution of updates ends on July 1, 2019. Now it's reportedthat the MSN apps for Windows 8.1 will even be switched off on June 3, 2019.

A German user noticed the notification shown in the above tweet, after he launched apps like MSN news or weather in Windows 8.1. The notification says that the app won't work after June 3, 2019 anymore.


No Windows 10 Mobile app support from Store

Even users of Windows 10 Mobile apps will soon be looking odd. Italian site reported, that Microsoft intends to end support for Windows 10 Mobile app in Microsoft store. an innovation in this article. Microsoft has just distributed a new version 11904.1001.1.0 of the Microsoft Store app for Windows Insiders.

App-Manifest der Microsoft Store-App
(App manifest of Microsoft Store app, Source

The app manifest (see screenshot) indicates, that the new store app no longer supports Windows 10 Mobile apps. Well, Windows 10 Mobile has been dead for quite some time anyway. In other words: If you still use a Windows 10 Mobile device, you won't get any updates anyway, so you can continue to work with the old version of the Microsoft Store app. But the mobile apps will disappear under Windows 10 (desktop).

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1 Response to Windows 8.1/10: No mobile apps, no MSN apps

  1. Blemble says:

    I clicked on this app one time out of curiosity. Closed it shortly thereafter. Since then, it will not stop popping open. If I click on the pop-up, it thanks me for my interest and tells me that the app is no longer available.

    How do I get it to stop popping up to tell me it isn't there anymore? It dings an alert several times a day, and it is annoying.

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