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Microsoft Makes Sure Windows Phone Really Is Dead

Dave Parrack 19-02-2018

Microsoft is hammering another nail in the coffin of Windows Phone by discontinuing support for several parts of the operating system. So if you’re still using a smartphone running Windows Phone 7 or Windows Phone 8 then it’s not going to be quite as smart from here on in.


Windows Phone is decidedly dead. We said goodbye in 2014 MakeUseOf Says Goodbye To Windows Phone This is going to be a tearful goodbye, buddy, but it has to happen. MakeUseOf will soon be parting ways with Windows Phone. Read More , but Microsoft officially ended support Windows Phone Is Dead As Microsoft Ends Support Microsoft has officially pulled the plug on Windows Phone, having ended all support for Windows Phone 8.1. There is still Windows 10 Mobile, but Microsoft doesn't seem to care about that either. Read More in July 2017. And now, with every month that passes, the handful of people still using Windows Phone will find their favorite mobile operating system becoming more useless.

The End of Push Notifications

The latest nail in the coffin for Windows Phone is the end of push notification services. This means that your phone will no longer receive notifications, receive additional live tile updates, or offer the “Find my phone” feature for locating lost phones.

Microsoft is turning off these services for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0. Which means they will continue to function on Windows Phone 8.1 “at this time,” while phones running on Windows 10 Mobile are still supported and so aren’t affected.

Microsoft explains today’s change in a post on its Answers forum, explaining that “Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 have reached their end of support dates, and thus services for these versions of Windows will be discontinued over time.”


The message here is clear. If you own a smartphone running Windows Phone 7 or 8 then you really need to consider your life choices. Microsoft no longer supports these years-old operating systems, and are going to be removing features on a regular basis from now on.

How Badly Windows Phone Failed

If we’re honest this isn’t going to affect many people. Windows Phone has a market share of about 0.1 percent, and most of that will be represented by Windows Phone 8.1. Still, it’s another reminder of just how poorly Windows Phone performed against Android and iOS Android and iOS Now Power 99.6% of New Smartphones Google and Apple now enjoy a duopoly in the smartphone market, with Android and iOS boasting a combined market share of 99.6 percent. Everyone else may as well pack up and go home. Read More .

Do you still own a Windows Phone handset? Is it still running on Windows Phone 7 or 8? Or have you at least upgraded it to Windows Phone 8.1? Why are you holding onto this outdated technology when Android and iOS exist? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Related topics: Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8.

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  1. ashley
    June 14, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    There is also a slight solution to the problem, if you eventually switch I've heard of a windows 8.1 launcher which brings back the look of the home/lock screen, action centre. And download outlook calendar/mail, edge office and cortana and its almost a windows phone

  2. ashley
    June 14, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    I'm so annoyed that I can no longer download anything on my lumia 610 (windows phone 7.5), I've had this phone for such a long time I don't want a new one as I've formed a bond with this phone. Its like looking at a dying friend when I use it

  3. halfey
    February 26, 2018 at 8:29 am

    For me the problem with Windows Phone is never the apps or the OS itself but more of the hardware (and to a certain extent, the price). When it comes to smartphone my acceptable bare minimum specs should be Snapdragon 6xx, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. I also have to stress that I don't aim for a flagship because a midranger is fine for me. However I could not find any Windows Phone equivalent for that. The closest I could find was Lumia 830 with Snapdragon 400 and 'only' 1GB RAM but this was in 2014 and in my country the price was around US$400, too expensive for a midranger of that time when people could buy an Android flagship at that price. Microsoft (or Nokia?) never released any upgrade to the 8xx series since 830. Maybe they didn't sell enough that they didn't bother to release an upgraded model but if they did something like "840" or "850" I might have bought one.

  4. Idea
    February 23, 2018 at 1:12 am

    I have a Lumia 550 and don't know and don't care which version of the OS it runs. Doesn't matter. It's a good phone with all the apps I need. I prefer Windows Phone to Android with it's perpetual update notifications and crude UI. Will keep using it till it lasts, probably another year or so, and then reluctantly shift to an Android phone

  5. MtnDooDoo
    February 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    I'm still using my Microsoft Lumia 735 with Windows 10. Its a great phone and has all the apps I need and want. Eventually, probably within the next 6 months or so, I'll make the jump to iOS or android. But for now, I'll just stick to with what works.

  6. Rod
    February 20, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Still have my Win 8.1 phone, and still use it. The saying that most people only use half a dozen apps on their phone is certainly true in my case. Other than voice calls and texting, all I use it for is Facebook, email, the camera, Spotify, and reading during my commute.
    It does all these things fine. Was I disappointed when support for Facebook Messenger and my bank went away? Yeah, but I could adjust. That said, I've now got an Android phone that I ordered from Amazon on the way. It's just time.
    I wish the platform had survived, but it didn't. Time to move on.

  7. likefunbutnot
    February 20, 2018 at 2:48 am

    I've recommended Windows phones in place of iOS in the past. Like iOS, there's generally only one way to do things and a uniformity in the settings, so they have historically been easier to learn and to use, making them a good choice for people who don't want to be bothered to learn much of anything.
    The people I know who still carry Windows devices mostly do so because they're convinced they have better cameras or because they like the relatively small form factors used on those devices, rather than any specific feature with regard to the software ecosystem.

    I did just check an eight year old Android Eclair device. All my notifications popped up just fine once I signed in to my Google account. I can't imagine that the resources for maintaining whatever infrastructure exists for ancient phones are still being used is that taxing for an organization the size of Microsoft. Why be hostile to users in quite that way?

  8. John W
    February 20, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Those MP3 files are crypted which you can't playback on any other player.

  9. dragonmouth
    February 20, 2018 at 12:16 am

    "Microsoft Makes Sure Windows Phone Really Is Dead "
    Did they officially drive a wooden stake through its heart?