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Microsoft announced earlier this week their plans to officially stop supporting both Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 in the second half of 2014. Due to some rather unfortunate release dates and the fixed eighteen month product life cycle, it seems that the more advanced WP8 will actually cease to be officially supported before 7.8. Now, when I say that Microsoft “announced” their plans to end support for the two operating systems, that’s not entirely accurate. What they actually did was to quietly slip the information into their support page.
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Not very good, is it?

Mod edit: Lets set something straight before this gets out of hand.
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Chances are that more recently purchased devices will have already been upgraded to a newer version of Microsoft’s mobile offering by the time the support officially ends,
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Just to let everyone know.....

This DOES NOT mean that Windows Phone is being thrown out by Microsoft. I see a bunch of people on XDA taking this the wrong way. Not to mention that they got this information from the product life cycle page and "claimed" it was an official announcement.

All this means when you look at the life cycle page, is that the support for the Windows Phone 8 operating system is ending in the Fall of 2014. I expect that WP 8.5 will be well on it's way before then.

7.8 on the other hand is ending support later in 2014 because the 7.8 update was released after 8.

It's as simple as looking at the dates and using common sense.

I hope this keeps the thread on track thumb.gif
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What does "Review Note" on the "Extended Support End Date" column mean ? That we should read the note to the right ? If that is the case, the notes basically say that the "Extended Support End Date" is the same as the "Mainstream Support End Date".

This doesn't make any sense. I could understand if Microsoft stopped supporting Windows Phone 7.8 sooner than Windows Phone 8, which it ironically doesn't because of the release schedules of each version like the article says, but in any case they should support Windows Phone 7.8 for longer, and Windows Phone 8 for even longer, after all, isn't it based on the Windows 8 kernel ?

Isn't it easier to keep things up to date when you are working with the same kernel ? I mean, some goodwill on Microsoft's part would be in order, don't they want to be taken seriously in the mobile world ? Alternatively they should mention if Windows Phone 8 devices are technically able to have the next version of Windows Phone installed and for what price, if the update is not free. In this day and age where a smartphone resembles more and more a computer, with almost always on-line connectivity, not having security updates and especially, no prospect of an upgrade as of yet, seems rather irresponsible. I hope Microsoft announces soon enough that current devices are able to run the next version of Windows Phone.
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That was a very one way and depressing article to read. I don't believe Microsoft is done yet either but I also do remember the first attempt many years ago, WP 5 or was it 6... Anyways I had an LG Incite and what a horrible experience.

I use a Nokia Lumia 900 with WP 7.8 now. So far I have liked it and want to get a Lumia 920 or HTC 8x. I would be very disappointed if MS called it quits.
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post #5 of 51
Not see why this is a big deal? I bought my windows 7.5 phone back in November 2011...I could care less if it stops getting updates in 2 years, I'll have a new phone by then!


What kind of support do you expect these things to get? They're very well made, an excellent OS, and delivers what you need the day you buy them
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Not see why this is a big deal? I bought my windows 7.5 phone back in November 2011...I could care less if it stops getting updates in 2 years, I'll have a new phone by then!


What kind of support do you expect these things to get? They're very well made, an excellent OS, and delivers what you need the day you buy them

I think I only updated my WP7 once... updates are not a big deal on a phone. I'm sure most of the bugs will be fixed by 2014, there probably wouldn't be any updates then even if they still "supported" it.
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Just to let everyone know.....

This DOES NOT mean that Windows Phone is being thrown out by Microsoft. I see a bunch of people on XDA taking this the wrong way. Not to mention that they got this information from the product life cycle page and "claimed" it was an official announcement.

All this means when you look at the life cycle page, is that the support for the Windows Phone 8 operating system is ending in the Fall of 2014. I expect that WP 8.5 will be well on it's way before then.

7.8 on the other hand is ending support later in 2014 because the 7.8 update was released after 8.

It's as simple as looking at the dates and using common sense.

I hope this keeps the thread on track thumb.gif

Everyone please read this before flipping out.
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think same as windows but for phones, they are just ending support for 7.8 and 8.0 by a certain date and will release 8.5 or whatever it is, just like they are doing with windows 7 in the PC segment thumb.gif
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think same as windows but for phones, they are just ending support for 7.8 and 8.0 by a certain date and will release 8.5 or whatever it is, just like they are doing with windows 7 in the PC segment thumb.gif

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Capable Android phones get updates long after... I think it's a bit crap for them to cut support so soon.
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