It’s time to say goodbye to the Windows Phone. After 3 years of initial launch Microsoft to end mainstream support for Windows Phone 8.1 today.
Windows Phone 8.1 launched with silverlight apps and later on the platform received the “Lumia Denim” update which bring number of notable new features and enhancements. And then it received “GDR2” update which was the last official update before the launch of Windows 10 Mobile. Windows Phone 8.1 holds nearly 74% market while the latest Windows 10 Mobile is only holds on 20.3% mobile market of Windows Phone.
36 months of lifecycle is good enough compare to Google’s Android which only have 12 months. But it’s likely Microsoft will continue to release minor security patches over the coming months. Furthermore, while ago we revealed that the company to drop support for the sliverlight app; though there is no official announcement on it as of it now.
Only few Lumia shipped with Windows 10 Mobile out of the box and only those are capable of the Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft had also removed all high end Windows Phone 8.1 devices including Lumia 930 and 1520 Windows 10 Mobile’s Creators update. And now Windows 10 Mobile is under the featureless feature 2 branch (under maintenance).
Though, users are still able update their device to Windows 10 Mobile via Upgrade Advisor app (will not get the Creators Update). So now it’s officially goodbye to Windows Phone 8.1, if you are still using a device with Windows Phone 8.1 and keep up-to date with flow then you need to update your device to Windows 10 Mobile or you can switch the platform.
RIP Windows Phone 8.1. May we meet again!