Microsoft announced that it will stop accepting new apps for Windows 8 phones on Microsoft store after 31st of this year. Developers will be able to pull updates for their apps.

As a part of our Windows device life cycle, Microsoft Store will soon stop accepting new apps with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier or Windows 8/8.1 packages (XAP and APPX). Soon after that date, we will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier and Windows 8/8.1 devices; at that time, updates will only be made available to customers using Windows 10 devices.

Microsoft Store Team

Here’s the summary of their blog post:

  • October 31st, 2018 ā€“ Microsoft will stop accepting new app submissions with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier or Windows 8/8.1 packages (XAP or APPX).
  • July 1st, 2019 ā€“ Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier devices.
  • July 1st, 2023 ā€“ Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows 8/8.1 devices.