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Microsoft ending Xbox Video support for Windows Phone 7 and Zune

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Lumia 900 with Windows Phone 7

Microsoft has announced that Xbox Video content will no longer be available through Windows Phone 7 and Zune devices.

The company recently emailed customers to notify them that their old pre-Windows Phone 8 devices would no longer play this video content from February 2014.

"This email is to notify you that in late February, 2014, Xbox will be making an update to our video catalog," reads the email. "This update will allow us to more quickly and efficiently add the highest quality video content to the Xbox Video service."

"As a result, beginning in late February 2014, any Xbox Video content you own as of then, will no longer be playable through the Zune PC client, Zune devices, or Windows Phone 7 devices. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."

The Zune desktop client remains an essential tool for Windows Phone 7 users, but Microsoft began to phase it out when it unified all of its entertainment efforts under the one Xbox banner - hence Xbox Video and Xbox Music. It does mean users of the older mobile operating system have been left somewhat high and dry, though, with content they have purchased no longer available to them.

All a natural part of progress, you might think. But consider that the Nokia Lumia 900, the last Windows Phone 7 flagship phone, was only launched in April 2012. It will mean that within the space of a single two year contract, part of that flagship device’s functionality will have been rendered inactive by Microsoft.

Microsoft has not commented on whether Windows Phone 7 users will be reimbursed for their lost purchases. It does point out, however, that users will be able to continue viewing their video through a web browser, Windows 8 PC, Xbox or Windows Phone 8 device.

Next, read our Nokia Lumia 1020 review

Via: WPCentral

Gustav Christensson

November 19, 2013, 5:47 pm

Uh... The Lumia 510 was the last Windows Phone 7 phone, which is exactly a year old this month.

Gustav Christensson

November 19, 2013, 5:49 pm

All right, yes, if you bought the Lumia 510 you knew by November that WP7 was dead. But with my Nokia Lumia 900... Bought two days before the announcement of WP8 on the 20th June 2012...

I've had to go through frustrating moments about discovering that a $640 phone that was box-fresh was going to be obsolete. But after a year, I finally understood that this is Microsoft, not Apple, where the iPhone 4 is still running the latest version of the firmware.

And now I discover that rather than leaving the phone's functionality intact, they are stripping it of it's features. It's one thing buying a $640 phone with limited features. Now I am losing features as well.

And it's before the end of the support (9th September 2014).

Next thing I know, I'll lose Nokia Music.

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