Microsoft to end Windows Phone 8.1 mainstream support from July 11

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While Windows 10 Mobile going through it’s tough time meanwhile Microsoft now officially announced that the they are going to end mainstream support for Windows Phone 8.1.

3 years ago Microsoft initially launched the Windows Phone 8.1 with silverlight apps. Later on the platform received the “Lumia Denim” update which bring number of notable new features and enhancements. After that company rolled out “GDR2” update which was the last official update before the launch of Windows 10 Mobile. According to Microsoft’s Support site the mainstream support for Windows Phone 8.1 to end on July 11, 2017.

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Here’s the official explanation of it.

Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System, including security updates, for a minimum of 36 months after the lifecycle start date. These updates will be incremental, with each update built on the update that preceded it. Customers need to install each update in order to remain supported. The distribution of these incremental updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone, and installation will require that your phone have any prior updates. Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities.

A while ago we revealed that the company to drop support for the sliverlight app. But before an official announcement of it this news came up. So we can say that the silverlight app support news is quite more affirmative. Well no offence 36 months of lifecycle is good enough compare to Google’s Android which only have 12 months.

So now it’s officially goodbye to Windows Phone 8.1, if you are still using Windows Phone 8.1 then you need to update to Windows 10 Mobile via Upgrade Advisor app otherwise you need to switch platform or to buy a high-end Windows 10 Mobile device. Because the latest Windows 10 Mobile Creators update is only available for 13 devices.