What you need to know

  • Developers can no longer ship app updates to Windows Phone 8.x devices.
  • Windows Phone 8.x apps running on Windows 10 Mobile can still be updated.
  • The deadline for developers was initially published in August of 2018.

Windows Phone 8.x apps can no longer receive updates if they're running on Windows Phone 8.x devices. In August of 2018, Microsoft announced key dates regarding updating app packages on Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices. July 1 is the first key date that directly affects the ability to ship updates to older hardware.

  • July 1st, 2019 – Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier devices.
  • You'll still be able to publish updates to all apps (including those with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier packages). However, these updates will only be made available to Windows 10 devices."

While apps running on Windows Phone 8.x or earlier can no longer be updated, if a Windows Phone 8.x app is running on Windows 10 Mobile, it can receive updates.

This change won't affect many users since there are very few users of Windows Phone left, but it will lead to changes for apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. WhatsApp is losing Windows Phone support at the end of 2019.

Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love

Each and every one of these charging gadgets will keep your favorite gear and gadgets going for longer, and none of them costs more than $30.

VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)

This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.

Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (From $13 at Dell)

Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)

This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.

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