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  1. Support for Windows Phone 8.1 ended back in July 2017, and while it doesn't receive updates anymore (and wasn't for a long time before that), Microsoft is still shutting down the rest of the things that made it tick. Now, the Redmond company has updated a support page to reflect that the Windows Phone Store will be shut down beginning on December 16. As of July of this year, app updates have no longer been distributed through the Store, but apparently you've still been able to download new apps. One app that you might want to think about downloading is Upgrade Advisor, which is what you'll need to get Windows 10 Mobile. However, even this app will no longer be available after December 16; after that, you have to use the OTC Updater and side-load the update. The Microsoft Store on Windows 10 Mobile still works, even though as the support document clearly states, the OS isn't supported anymore. The page also says that "in some cases", support for Windows 10 Mobile will end by the end of 2019; however, none of those cases apply here. That's talking about Windows 10 Mobile version 1709, for which support ends on December 10. Only phones that shipped with Windows 10 Mobile ever got that update. Devices that upgraded from Windows Phone 8.1 mostly could only go up to the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update, or version 1607. The only ones that could go further than that were the Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL, which could go up to version 1703. Anyway, if you're still on Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft is recommending that you move to Windows 10 Mobile if you've got an eligible device. Still, it's probably time to move on to iOS or Android. Source: The Windows Phone Store will shut down on December 16 (via Neowin)
  2. There is a situation with Windows 10 RS5 Pro. I don't think there is any way to disable the Windows store or at least the updates. I have a game Installed using sideloading, it keeps checking for updates and won't let me play it without updating the game first. for some reasons I don't wanna Install the last update for it but I can't seem to get past the update notice. Here are the things I've tried: 1. In Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Store I set all the objects to "enabled", more info here: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/43118-allow-block-access-store-app-windows-10-a.html 2. I set the "RemoveWindowsStore DWORD" to 1 from 0 in this registry pass: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore 3. using O&O shutup10 (https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10) I disabled some option such as (prevent apps form sending URL to Windows Store - prohibit apps from running in background - automatic app updates) 4. disabled app auto updates in Windows Store settings. With all of them done still Windows store opens without any problems and also downloads and checks for app updates. I'm literally out of options. does anyone knows how to do this? I want to cut the Store's access to the Internet and prevent the apps from knowing if there is any new updates of them. I think maybe there is a small piece of file somewhere in the Windows installation drive that tells the app there is an update for it, so no matter when i uninstall and reinstall the app, the file will still tell the app that there is an update for it. anyone knows if such file exists?
  3. Microsoft today announced a few deadlines for developers who have built Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps. The Microsoft Store will stop accepting new apps with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier or Windows 8/8.1 packages (XAP and APPX) on October 31, 2018. In July 2019, Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier, and in July 2023, Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows 8/8.1 devices. At that time, Microsoft says updates will only be made available to customers using Windows 10 devices — although who knows what Windows will look like in five years. (Don’t confuse the Microsoft Store with Microsoft’s physical retail stores. Microsoft rebranded the Windows Store as the Microsoft Store in October 2017.) Microsoft has given Windows app developers the following timeline to help them plan: October 31, 2018 — Microsoft will stop accepting new app submissions with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier or Windows 8/8.1 packages (XAP or APPX). This will not affect existing apps with packages targeting Windows Phone 8.x or earlier and/or Windows 8/8.1 and you can continue to submit updates until the next corresponding deadline. July 1, 2019 — Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier devices. Developers will still be able to publish updates to all apps (including those with Windows Phone 8.x or earlier packages), but these updates will only be made available to Windows 10 devices. July 1, 2023 — Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows 8/8.1 devices. Developers will still be able to publish updates to all apps (including those with Windows 8/8.1 packages), but these updates will only be made available to Windows 10 devices. Microsoft is encouraging affected developers to port their apps to the universal Windows platform (UWP). UWP allows developers to build a single app that changes based on your device and screen size. One app can work on your Windows 10 computer, Windows 10 tablet, Windows 10 Mobile smartphone (you can skip this one), Xbox One console, and HoloLens headset. Source
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  7. f.lux for Windows 10 Microsoft launched the Windows 10 Creators Update with a new feature called “Night light,” which is essentially a blue light filter whose purpose is to make working on a PC easier during the night by reducing the amount of blue light generated by the screen. Before Windows 10 got this feature, however, Windows adopters could use f.lux, which was without a doubt one of the best, if not the best blue light filter available not only on Microsoft’s operating system but also on iOS, Android, and macOS. Today, f.lux launched in the Windows Store to become the number one Windows 10 Night light alternative, as it can be downloaded and installed more easily on the new OS. It comes with the same feature package as the desktop version and it runs in the system tray for quick access. No support for Windows phones The app was ported with Project Centennial, and before you ask, no, there is no support for Windows phones. Microsoft suggested that, at some point, its own blue light filter could launch on Windows phones, but with the mobile platform quickly declining, there’s only a slight chance to still see this feature going live anytime soon. As far as the Windows Store version of f.lux is concerned, the app is already at version 4.32 and it comes with a bed time mode that enables the lowest light levels before bed as a result of “an automatic analysis of how light affects your body at different times.” Furthermore, f.lux can work with home smart lights to automatically make lights match your screen. It goes without saying that f.lux is a lot more advanced than the Night light feature implemented in Windows 10, though Microsoft’s version comes with the essential feature package as well. For example, Microsoft allows users to configure Night light to run automatically from sunset to sunrise based on location services, to adjust color temperature at night, or to set hours to have the feature turned on and off without any manual input. Source
  8. There are a lot of things on the way in the Fall Creators Update, but none of them are quite as enticing as the new Fluent Design interface that Microsoft seems to be adopting in most facets of the operating system. While elements of Fluent Design have already spread to other key core apps in Windows 10, the latest update to Windows Store for Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring also now gives Windows 10’s digital app store a brand new acrylic coat of paint. The new design is great, and offers exactly what Microsoft is promising for the Acrylic focus of the Fluent Design language: backgrounds with a little bit of transparency, making your windows feel more like, well, acrylic windows. It’s a slick look, and while we’ve only been able to see it in the Windows Store, that’s enough to get a good understanding of what Microsoft is trying to get Windows 10 to look like. We’re excited to see how the design translates to other applications. If Microsoft has already started deploying Fluent Design to things like the Windows Store in their Insider builds, we can expect a big uptick in more Fluent Design in the near future. With a general uniformity between the Microsoft apps already existing, the acrylic windows here should be pretty simple to adapt into all manner of programs. If you want to try out the fancy new Windows Store, you should be able to download it from the Windows Store updates menu now – given you’re on the latest Insider build in the Fast Ring. Article source
  9. Windows 10 S does not allow command-line tools to run Windows 10 S is an operating system that’s limited to Windows Store apps, but although at first glance it looks like everything that’s published in the Store should work on it, that’s not necessarily true. In a blog post today, Microsoft’s Rich Turner explains that just because an app is published in the Windows Store, this doesn’t necessarily mean “it’s safe and suitable for running in Windows 10 S.” As a result, there are apps that won’t be allowed on Microsoft’s new OS, and these include command-line apps, shells and consoles. It’s not hard to see where this is going. Linux distributions, even though they will be published in the Windows Store, will not be allowed to run on Windows 10 S because they are treated like command-line tools that are blocked by default due to security concerns. Linux distros getting broader access to the OS UWP apps run in a secure sandbox, while applications that are ported to the Windows Store with Project Centennial are provided with broader access to the operating system, but they are closely verified by the company before getting the go-ahead. Linux distributions, however, are part of a different category. “Linux distro store packages are an exotic type of app package that are published to the Windows Store by known partners. Users find and install distros , safely, quickly, and reliably via the Windows Store app,” Turner explains. “Once installed, however, distro’s should be treated as command-line tools that run outside the UWP sandbox & secure runtime infrastructure. They run with the capabilities granted to the local user - in the same way as Cmd and PowerShell do.” This basically means that Linux distributions won’t be allowed to run on Windows 10 S, as the simple fact that they are treated as non-UWP command-line apps provides them with more access to the system and therefore could create additional security risks that Microsoft does not agree with. As a result, users who want to run Llinux distributions on their devices shouldn’t stay with Windows 10 S, and in case of buying the Surface Laptop, upgrading to Windows 10 Pro is the thing to do. Source
  10. In a session called 'Bring your desktop apps to UWP and the Windows Store using the Desktop Bridge' at the company's Build 2017 developer conference, Microsoft confirmed that all Office 2016 apps will be coming to the Windows Store. While the firm announced the availability of the apps last week, it only showed that Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are coming. But the Windows Store is to be the place where Windows 10 users get Office going forward, rather than downloading it from Office.com. This means that Microsoft will have to begin offering the less frequently used apps, such as Access and Publisher. OneNote will be a bit of a different story. OneNote 2016 is indeed coming, but Microsoft made it clear that the UWP app is the future of the app, and that that's the one that the company uses internally. In fact, if you head over to What's new in OneNote for Windows 10, it says that the difference between the desktop and UWP apps is that the UWP app is regularly updated with new features. Indeed, it would seem that Microsoft is going down a checklist that it can add to UWP. But while Windows 10 users will be expected to get Office from the Windows Store, that doesn't mean that regular desktop Office is going away. Naturally, it must continue to be supported on older versions of Windows. As for a timeframe of when the Office 2016 apps should arrive, it should be soon. We were told that they're already there, even if we can't see them just yet. Source
  11. iTunes will be published in the Windows Store You probably didn’t see this coming, but one of the biggest announcements at Build today is that Apple is bringing iTunes to the Windows Store. That’s right, Apple, which is Microsoft’s big rival in the software market, has agreed to port iTunes to the Windows Store, bringing it with the full feature package just like the desktop version. Microsoft hasn’t provided too many details on the Windows Store version of iTunes, but Terry Myerson has said that full support for iPhones will be provided, which means that you should be able to manage your phones just like on a Mac or a Windows desktop. Is this a bad move for Apple? Probably not, especially because iTunes was already available on Windows, so bringing it to the Windows Store only helps Cupertino make sure that its customers get access to its services and have an easy way to manage their iPhones. At the same time, with this application, Apple also seems to be suggesting that it expects Windows 10 S to be a hit, as the operating system is limited to Windows Store and the iPhone maker doesn’t want to be late to this party. Windows 10 S customers will thus be able to manage their iPhones, even if Win32 software is not available. The Windows Store version of iTunes will be touch optimized, so it’ll work like a charm with tablets and pretty much all devices running Windows 10. There’s no ETA when iTunes arrives in the Windows Store, but expect that to happen very soon, as Microsoft is already working with Apple to publish it for all users already on Windows 10. Source
  12. Office apps in the Windows Store are aimed at the education sector Microsoft has confirmed at its #MicrosoftEDU event that the full version of the Office productivity suite is coming to the Windows Store next month, first as a preview and later this year as a stable build. The Windows Store for Education will be the first to get it, though there are rumors that all users running the Creators Update should be able to install the preview version as well. What’s important to know, however, is that although all Office apps are ported to the Windows Store, there still are a few differences that Microsoft details in a blog post. “The apps delivered from the Store will use new Store-based install and update technology; the apps will only be available in 32-bit format; and while web add-ins are fully supported, Office COM add-ins aren’t supported on Windows 10 S,” Microsoft says. Developed for Windows 10 S Specifically aimed at the education market, the Windows Store version of the Office productivity suite includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps that should be installed on Windows 10 S primarily. Windows 10 S is a new version of the operating system that’s aimed at the education sector and which is limited to the Windows Store, and this is one of the reasons Microsoft is bringing Office in the Windows Store in the first place. There’s no ETA as to when users in the production ring are supposed to receive access to Office in the Windows Store, so the preview tag won’t be removed until all bugs are repaired. “The preview period will allow us to make sure things are running smoothly before we make Office in the Microsoft Store for Education generally available later this calendar year, and the apps will automatically be updated by the Store at that time. Additionally, it’s important to note that OneNote is already available in the Store today and the Teams app will be available in the Store in the third quarter of 2017,” Microsoft concludes. Source
  13. Next week, Microsoft will begin rolling out its Windows 10 Creators Update for PCs, and early adopters can already install it manually right now. The update was released for the Xbox One on March 29 - and on the same day, Microsoft made changes to its Windows Store policies, which now include a complete ban on all game emulators. That particular policy was brought to the attention of NESBox, when its Universal Emulator app was removed from the Windows Store. Its developers said that that action had resulted from an addition to Microsoft's Windows Store Policies, under section 10.13 'Gaming and Xbox', which states: "Apps that emulate a game system are not allowed on any device family." As Ars Technica noted, emulators have previously crept onto the Windows Store, and even onto the Xbox One, but with the latest update to its policies, Microsoft is clearly cracking down on such software with a more consistent approach. NESBox said that despite the policy changes, gamers will still be able to enjoy its emulators on the web. "This means nothing for the browser version," it said in a tweet. "It doesn't depend [on] 'stores'." Source
  14. These new ads are aimed at app developers Microsoft has just announced a new type of ad for Windows 10 systems, but this time, it’s not entirely as bad as it sounds. While it appears that Windows 10 adopters are getting used to seeing ads across the operating system after the Start menu “recommendations” and the File Explorer sagas, this time Microsoft is targeting app developers with a new type of ad which it says can provide a better experience to the user. It’s called playable ad and you’re probably familiar with it because it already exists on rival platforms such as Android and iOS. This new ad format is available in limited series for the time being, but Microsoft undoubtedly wants to make it available for all developers who want to include it in their apps that are published in the Windows Store. Playable ads The description provided by Microsoft for these playable ads says pretty much about them, so here it is: “Playable Ads are a completely new way for end users to interact with ads and apps. With this capability, end users never leave the current app. The ad click will result in inline expandable app streaming: for three minutes, the user can interact with the app as if it’s already installed on his/her device. This gives the user time to decide if he or she wants to install the app. At the end of the streaming session, users can click on a link to install the app if the app experience met expectations.” Unfortunately, as compared to the other ads that you see in the operating system, these playable ads cannot be blocked because they’re integrated at an app level and it’s the developer’s decision to show them. On the other hand, it’s also a way to monetize great apps, though we all know how frustrating it is to be spammed with ads all day long. It’s worth knowing that Windows 10 adopters who don’t use Store apps won’t see any playable ads, but on the other hand, there’s a good chance they’ll come across different ones in the operating system if Microsoft sticks with this aggressive approach. Source
  15. If you own a PC, the only current way to play "Halo: Spartan Assault" on your rig was to install Windows 8 or 8.1 and download it from the Windows Store. Next week that will change, as Microsoft's top-down sci-fi shooter finally comes to the much bigger Windows 7 PC audience, along with Windows Vista. A listing on Valve's Steam service shows that "Halo: Spartan Assault" will be released on April 4 for the price of $4.99. The description states that this version of the game will support Steam achievements, rather than the Windows 8-based Xbox Live achievements. It also won't support the two player multiplayer missions that were included in the recent Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions. Speaking of which, both of the game's console versions have now received a permanent price cut from $14.99 to $9.99 each. Also, the Halo Waypoint site has posted word that the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 versions, which are currently priced at $6.99 each, will see a deep price reduction to just $1.99 each from April 3-9. On April 10, the price will go up again, but just to $4.99 each on a permanent basis. Source
  16. Microsoft has removed six apps that were published earlier this week in the Windows Phone Store that were made to look like they were developed and published by Google. The apps, which included "Hangouts", "Google Maps", "Gmail" and more, also had prices of $1.99 each. The real versions are all free on iOS and Android devices. WinBeta first spotted the fake apps this week, which were all labeled as being published by "Google, Inc". So far, the only official Windows Phone app from Google is Search, which is shown in the store as coming from "Google Inc" (yes, there is no comma in the name). The Next Web contacted Microsoft on the matter and since then the apps were all removed. In a statement, Microsoft said, "We removed a series of apps for violating our policies concerning the use of misleading information. The apps attempted to misrepresent the identity of the publisher." However, there's been no comment from Microsoft on how the apps were approved for release in the Windows Phone Store in the first place. Microsoft has been criticized in the past for the low overall quality of apps in both Windows and Windows Phone Stores, and fake apps in the story have been a problem for a few years now. It would appear that Microsoft may need to spend some extra time evaluating which apps should be pushed in their app stores. Source: WinBeta and The Next Web | Image via The Next Web
  17. Microsoft today pulled six fake Google apps from the Windows Phone Store, after we contacted the company about the issue. The apps in question were: “Hangouts,” “Google Voice,” “Google Search,” “Google+,” “Google Maps,” and “Gmail – email from Google.” All of these are published by a “Google, Inc” (instead of “Google Inc.”) and priced at $1.99 each. The only app that Google offers for Windows Phone is its search app, and the publisher is “Google Inc.” The apps in question were first spotted by WinBeta this morning, after being originally published yesterday. We got in touch with Microsoft to ask about the issue. Here are the fake apps: In the six hours it took Microsoft to respond, another fake app managed to get through: The company responded with the following generic statement: Microsoft takes the intellectual property our ecosystem seriously and we use several layers of deterrence and response to help protect it. First, we encourage developers to take advantage of obfuscation tools for an added layer of protection. Because the Windows Phone Store is the only authorized source of public apps and games for the Windows Phone, developers can more easily police infringement of their apps by monitoring the Windows Phone Store and notifying Microsoft if infringement occurs. Microsoft provides online tools and an email alias ([email protected]) to enable developers to quickly report infringement of any apps they locate on the Windows Phone Store for immediate review and, when appropriate, removal. In cases where the infringement is disputed, we permit alleged infringers to dispute infringement via counter notices. Finally, Windows Phone educates every developer from the very start – before apps are even submitted – reminding them in our developer agreements and policies that Microsoft does not permit infringement of intellectual property of others. While this is all true, the fact of the matter is that these apps should not have made it through in the first place. The last sentence implies that developers are told they shouldn’t submit fake apps, but unsurprisingly that isn’t enough of a deterrent for some. Microsoft has been regularly criticized for having a low bar when it comes to approving apps into the Windows Phone Store. While these six apps may be gone (they still appear here, but we checked on a Windows Phone device and they have indeed been removed), many fake apps still remain. Searching for “Google” or “YouTube” or really any other big name that doesn’t have an official app brings up many apps that shouldn’t be available. Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t addressed the bigger problem here: fake apps are getting through, and the company’s app approval process needs a serious overhaul. We have contacted Microsoft again to find out how these apps were approved in the first place. We will update this story if we hear back. Update: “We removed a series of apps for violating our policies concerning the use of misleading information,” a Microsoft spokesperson told TNW. “The apps attempted to misrepresent the identity of the publisher.” Unfortunately, Microsoft still isn’t addressing the larger issue of these apps being approved in the first place. Source
  18. I successfully upgraded win 7 ultimate to win 8 Pro WMC but windows store is not opening and other apps also not opening such as skydrive, Games,Sport etc. I wanted to upgrade win 8.1 pro through windows store but its not at all opening. Plz help
  19. Microsoft has pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows store investigating a situation affecting 'a limited number of users' updating their Windows RT devices, which is a big move for Microsoft. The exact issue has not been revealed but for Microsoft to pull the update means that the issue must be quite serious. Microsoft states the following when asked by a user as to why the update was not in the store. "Windows RT 8.1. Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1. As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience. We will provide updates as they become available." source
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