Microsoft to end current windows Phones support

March 17, 2013

I was vising the Microsoft website to search the latest Microsoft Product Lifecycle Search and came across information that Windows Phone device users who do not upgrade the device operating system can expect only a limited amount of support time. According to Microsoft, Support for Windows Phone 8 will cease in July 2014 and for the newer Windows Phone 7.8, which is thought to be the last upgrade for the first generation version 7.5 of the operating system, in September 2014. Interestingly, at this stage, it isn’t easy to know which devices can be upgraded to Windows Phone Blue, or beyond that, to Windows Phone 9. The availability of updates will vary by country and region as well as the hardware capabilities of the device.

Microsoft is readying three major operating system updates for Windows Phone 8 this year, called General Distribution Releases (GDRs). Microsoft does not reveal whether or not the GDRs for Windows Phone 8 or the Blue 8.5 upgrade will extend the support life cycle for the operating system. After that, Windows Phone Blue is expected either the end of this year or early 2014. The official life cycle for Windows Phone is 18 months, during which updates and security fixes will be made available. This is not a guarantee that users will get updates however. Microsoft noted that distribution of the updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone.

Contador Harrison