Microsoft just announced that they will no longer provides support fpr Windows Phone 8 come July 2014 – July 8, 2014, to be exact at the same time they will end the support for Windows Phone 7.8 on September 9, 2014.
Of course there will be good and bad about this announcement. TechCrunch said that “this is a good example of a company being refreshingly transparent about their product plans. With iOS, you never know exactly when Apple will drop support for its previous iterations of iOS, for example” – this will at least allow developers time to plan how and where they will code their apps and for and consumers in general which version of Windows Phone hardware they will need to purchase – in case they’re planning to get one.
On the other hand, this may not be a not so good news for consumer who just bought their WP8 devices and planning to stick to the platform, the same thing with developers, specially those who are just starting to develop or developing apps for the platform.
This may also irk OEM, since Windows Phone 8 have not yet gain some steam and is still catching up with iOS and Android and yet Microsoft will be stopping the support for the OS, and unlike Android it’s comforting to know that there’s an upgrade path for Windows Phone 8 – hopefully it’s a free upgrade for WP8 device owner and not device specific!!!
Last modified: March 18, 2013