large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Microsoft will not support Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 beyond 2014

Microsoft has revealed that it will not be providing support for its Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 OS platforms beyond 2014.

Both mobile OS iterations will not be receiving support from Microsoft beyond next year, according to the company’s support page.

Windows Phone 7.8 will be supported until September 9 2014 and Windows Phone 8 will be discontinued from July 8 2014, meaning they both receive a shelf-life of approximately 18 months. Microsoft puts the Window Phone 7.8 start date at December 14 2012, while the February 9 is listed for Windows Phone 8.

Posting a brief table on its support pages, Microsoft has been unusually transparent about its plans to support older platforms, as it took the company a long time to admit that Window Phone 7.8 users would not be eligible for a Windows Phone 8 upgrade.

Anyone who purchased a Windows Phone 8 device should be eligible to upgrade their device tied to a two-year contract by the time Microsoft ditches support for the OS, the same with Windows Phone 7.8.

Windows Phone 8 is the latest version of the Microsoft mobile platform and introduced new features like adjustable Live Tiles and upgraded Lock Screen options and was introduced with handsets like the Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC.

Windows Phone 7.8 on the other hand was an upgrade OS offered to Windows Phone 7 users unable or unwilling to buy a new device, bringing a selection of Windows Phone 8 features to the older handsets like the Nokia Lumia 800 and HTC Titan.

The fact that Microsoft is ending support for its latest operating systems next year shouldn’t come as much of a surprise though. The smartphone market is driven by speedy and regular OS updates. For example, Apple launches a new version of its iOS each year, so Microsoft has to try and keep up with its competition.

What features would you like to see in a new Microsoft OS? Do you think Microsoft’s OS is behind the technological curve? Drop us a line at the TrustedReviews Facebook and Twitter pages or the comments below. 

Via: Engadget

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.