Intel’s AppUp Center is shutting down on March 11th, 2014 and some apps downloaded from the company’s app store for Windows will stop working May 15th, 2015. This probably won’t affect you since you probably didn’t even realize Intel had an app store… which is likely a big part of the reason Intel is pulling the plug.
A few years ago, the AppUp Center might have seemed like a good idea. Microsoft hadn’t yet launched a Windows Store for PC apps, but Intel looked around and saw Apple, Google, and other companies having a lot of success by offering users a single, simple place to find and download apps.
So Intel launched the AppUp Center with a focus on computers featuring low-power Intel Atom processors. But there wasn’t much you could find in the store that wasn’t readily available outside the store.
Over the next few years Intel continued to build the AppUp Center with support for Windows XP through Windows 8, but the company didn’t really push the platform very hard as the netbook market faded, Intel started to push higher-priced ultrabooks, and Microsoft launched its own app store with Windows 8.
If you did download and install apps from the AppUp Center, you’ll need to keep it installed on your PC to continue using those apps. And if you have software that needs to communicate with Intel’s servers to function properly, those apps might not work after May 15th, 2015.
The good news is that Intel will refund you for money you spent on apps if you apply for the refund before December 19th, 2014.
You can find more details in the Intel AppUp FAQ.