Windows Phone 8 Support Ends Next Year

Microsoft will end support for Windows Phone 8 on the 8th of July 2014, according to the company's own support pages. That's not as much of a problem as you might think.

If you check the Microsoft Support pages for Windows Phone 8 updates, at first glance it makes for rather grim reading, as it suggests that Microsoft's expectation for the OS is a straight 18 month lifecycle. More specifically, it reads:

Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System on your phone, including security updates, for a period of 18 months after the lifecycle start date. Distribution of the updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone. Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities.

The end date capped for Windows Phone 8 is the 8/7/2014 (adjusting the US date), which means that Windows Phone 7.8 will actually have slightly longer to live, becoming unsupported on the 9/9/2014. That's what happens when you have 18 month life cycles for your mobile products.

The near certain reality for all of this is that it shouldn't matter much at all if you're in the Windows Phone ecosystem. Microsoft copped some flack when jumping from Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8 because it underwent a radical code base shift, making Windows Phone 7 much less compelling as developers were enticed onto the new platform. Windows Phone 8 is much more closely tied into the core Windows family of products, and as such it's much more likely that Windows Phone 9 would share that codebase -- and that's ignoring the fact that the next release of Windows Phone 8, codenamed "Blue", should get its own 18 month support cycle anyway.

Microsoft Product Lifecycle Search [Microsoft via Mashable]



    As much as we all bag Apple, I really have to give them credit for their support cycle, releasing iOS 6 for the 3GS (even if it is crippled compared to the version for the 4S and 5).

      you say "support cycle" I say "device crippling"

      It started with iOS 4 on the 3G and has only gotten worse since then

        Oh I'm not arguing there, lol, I know it is crippling and all that, I'm just surprised to see them even bothering to release updates for phones that old.

          They bother to do it because they make money from it by forcing users to upgrade to a newer device

    That being said, it slows the thing down and where exactly is Siri?

    eh, it'll be updated to 8.5 (or whatever comes next) before then, and the timer will be reset.

    Nice Click-Bait you've made here. Good work.

    I've just given up on Blackberry (actually they have given up on me)

    So now for a 24 month phone contract on windows 8. Woops no! 24month contract but only 15 months of support left?

    The future was supposed to be home based businesses, telecommuters etc. But Crikey - everyone is leaving me out to dry.

    I just want to do my work and be paid - not spend endless hours trying to find and implement a communications system that needs endless maintenance. I want to keep my stuff on Outlook on my notebook and sync it all on my phone. Contacts, calendar, emails. Why is that too much to ask ?

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