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Support for Windows Phone 8 and 7.8 Ending Summer 2014

According to a Microsoft document, mainstream support for Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 will end July 8, 2014.

Web site Engadget reported on a short Microsoft support document listing the end-of-support date on Monday morning. The document also indicates that support for Windows Phone 7.8, the update for Windows Phone 7 and 7.5 devices which were not upgradeable to the latest version of the platform, will end Sept. 9, 2014.

Each platform has an 18-month mainstream support period, according to the Microsoft document. For Windows Phone 8, that period began on Dec. 14, though the platform itself launched in late October. For Windows Phone 7.8, that 18-month period began on Feb. 9 -- roughly a week after Microsoft first announced it was rolling out the update to Windows Phone 7 and 7.5 users.

Windows Phone 7.8 is aimed at users of older Windows Phone devices, which cannot be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 due to the new platform's higher hardware requirements. However, Windows Phone 8 is expected to have an upgrade path to the next platform version. During last month's Mobile World Congress event, Microsoft Senior Marketing Manager Greg Sullivan told PCMag.com that Windows Phone 8 has "an architecture that enables portability and is fundamentally hardware independent," allowing the devices to adapt to different hardware requirements.

The next release of Windows Phone is rumored to be code-named "Blue," coinciding with the multiple-product update wave Microsoft is reportedly planning to release this year. A recent Microsoft job posting suggests that the next major Windows Phone update will be released around this year's holiday season.

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Gladys Rama is the site editor of RCPmag.com.

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Mar 20, 2013 joe sacramento

it just means that your Windows 8 phone will need to be upgraded to Windows phone 9 as has been previously stated. This article is misleading along with the one slashdot wrote.

Wed, Mar 20, 2013 jskel1

This just means you will have to be running the most current service pack version. In example. Windows Phone 8.2.xxxx

Wed, Mar 20, 2013 Seriously? Denver

As mentioned by ITMAGE, where do these decisions come from? From the top levels and with Ballmer and his mentality being pushed on the division heads, I am not surprised they think this way. The man thinks that the masses will keep buying MS products no matter what. Look who has encroached and how MS has needed to play catch up. Apple, Amazon, Google, Citrix, VMware. This is not the era of crushing just a web browser (Netscape), these are fundamental platforms. Bill G (he is not the best either) has got to be wondering what is happening with the leadership.

Tue, Mar 19, 2013 John Ipswich

Trouble with windows phone as much as I like it, it's not like apple that everyone get the update from them, it's that Microsoft lets out the update7.8 but no one can get it, it's lost in some sort of vortex, who has it? Is it my service provider, is it Nokia or whoever,s phone you might have, is it Zune?, I'm cheesed of with it no one will tell you.

Tue, Mar 19, 2013 erwunderwhy NY

Microsoft stopping support for windows phone 7.8? When did it ever start? I still have no Windows Phone 7.8 on my Samsung Focus and I highly doubt I will ever buy another Windows Phone product again.

Mon, Mar 18, 2013 ITMAGE

I think the perception here that many may get from hearing this news, is that Microsoft is abandoning Windows Phone. What I believe Microsoft should first do is to formerly announce the next phone OS, wait until it RTMs, THEN (and only then) announce the timeline for the ending of suppt for WP8. But as always MSFT seems to continually shoot itself in the foot, over and over and over and over and over again. Don't believe me? Well I refer you to the ridiculous Office 2013 non-movable licensing model, and then they did a reversal - but the PR damage is done. Or the crudiest UI ever produced for a devt tool in VS2012. Or the dropping of the start btn and aero in Win8. Or the apparent insane lack of information and logistical procedures for hw vendors for producing drivers for WinRT USB devices (like usb gps devices) - I still can't get the information I need to develop yet. Or the fact that the skydrive app, still to this day, and after numerous requests does not have a way to sync folders which are shared with you (I mean seriously!!??). And how about making WP8 UI the same as WinRTs where you can close an app by swiping from top to bottom? Or how about the abysmal VPN suppt of WinRT such as (but not limited to) being able to establish a vpn tunnel when both client and svr are NATed - you can do it with WinXP and 7 so why not RT? And where is the permanent (not holiday) Microsoft store in NYC? And why are their shirts designed to look worn out - it's depressing? I mean geeez I could go on and on. What the heck is their main disfunction?!?! Is it sabotage from the inside? How can so many products/svcs get messed up so badly.

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