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March 19, 2013

Windows Phone 8 and WP 7.8 support ends in 2014

Microsoft will be pulling the plug on its support for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8 after the end of its 18 month lifecycle period in 2014.

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According to the Microsoft Product Lifecycle support webpage, Windows Phone 8 started its lifecycle on December 14, 2012 while support will end on July 8, 2014. On the other hand, Windows 7.8 started on February 9, 2013 and will end support on September 9, 2014. During that period, “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.”

What happens to Windows Phone after this period is still uncertain. It’s either Microsoft will release a new version of Windows Phone or give WP8 a refresh with the rumored Blue update which is expected to arrive before the end of this year.

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44 Responses to “Windows Phone 8 and WP 7.8 support ends in 2014”

  1. Cielo says:

    This just killed Nokia. :3

    • Kris says:

      Very true! This killed Nokia. Wake up Mr. Elop! If only there would be a Nokia Android phone, I think everyone would buy a Nokia with Android with Pureview technology

    • Marvin says:

      How does this kill Nokia? Parang di nyo ata naiintindihan lifecycle ng software… of course there will be a 8.x release before the 9.0. All 8.0 phones will surely be upgradeable to 8.x. We don’t know kung ilang 8.x releases magkakaroon and for how long the support for 8.x is. basta kung 8.0 ka meron kang 18 mos of support then pag nagrelease ng 8.x may 18 mos ulit na support yun… and so on…

      Jeezzz…

  2. Justin says:

    Windows Phone is so much like Blackberry. They’ve already been defeated, but just don’t know when to quit. :P

    • Digest says:

      Word “Quit” doesn’t exist w/ Microsoft. Think about their endless resources at their disposal. They’re like playing in a god mode.

      Remember what happened w/ console wars? They never quit. Result? Xbox leads the competition.

  3. Freeje says:

    That’s the risk that you have to take if you’re an early adopter of a new technology/product. If it doesn’t take off then you get the rug pulled out from under you.

    • CJ says:

      Well diba pag early adopter kalimitan papalit palit yan basta may bago.. So bago pa mag 18 months iba na smartphone niyan so di na sila maaapektuhan..

  4. nokia says:

    that stings. good news for wp owners then *insert sarcasm here*

  5. techatbp says:

    except that they are planning to upgrade windows phone 8 devices to the next wp version this year. so, yeah.

    is windows xp still has support? do you care? of course not, naka windows 7/8 ka na kasi

  6. marlon says:

    Existing WP8 phones should be upgradeable to WP9, which adds another 18-month update cycle.

    BTW, this news is already old.

    • thecorrescode says:

      Mukhang hindi. Yung Windows 7.5 users nga nila hindi eligible for update sa Windows 8. Malamang, ganyan ulit mangyayari.

    • marlon says:

      That’s a different story. The hardware for those phones are not capable to handle WP8.

      Here’s a tweet from @windowsphone:
      “As we’ve said, one benefit of moving to the Windows core is that Windows Phone 8 is upgradeable”.

    • thecorrescode says:

      Sa kabilang banda, even a two-years old Android hardware is capable of running the latest Android OS. For example, Nexus S which is a single core and released in 2010 is perfectly capable of running Jellybean which is release in 2012. Even yung lumang iPhone 3GS, capable of running the latest iOS.

    • @thecorres says:

      Yung nexus line ng google ay ginawa para sure na may matatanggap ka na update for the next few iterations of the os..
      So dito natin pag basehan, yung HTC unit na halos kasabay lumabas ng nexus S, hanggang saang version ng android siya officially supported ng HTC? yung mga LG units, gaano kadalas sila makatikim ng update? (balita ko hirap mga user nila makatikim ng update. balita lang naman hehe.)
      Balita ko rin yung S2 at yung old Notes eh di na rin daw aabot ng android 5.0 sa official support ng samsung. So romhacks na lang siguro para umabot yung S2 ko ng Key lime pie/5.0?

    • thecorrescode says:

      The point is they are still upgraded to the next version. For example, Galaxy S2 started out with Gingerbread which is version 2.3.x pa, and upgradable to 4.2.2. HTC Sensation started out as Android 2.3.x and now nasa Android 4.0.4 na siya.

      Eh yung Windows Phone ba na yan, makakatikim ba ng same support as the S2 and HTC. After Windows 7.5, inupdate ba sila to version 8. Hindi naman dba. Nagoffer lang ng 7.8 which is basically just a change sa homr screen.

    • 'em says:

      @thecorrescode – OO nga, capable of running ng latest ng Android ang 2 year old phone mo..Pero, tingin mo magiging masaya at satisfied ka?

  7. gerry says:

    makes you wonder why nokia can’t just open to android.

  8. Ed says:

    Atleast pag Windows phone alam mo na masusupport hanggang sa huli kahit lowend o high end. Di gaya ng Android. Yung mga galaxy Y may jelly bean na nasa ginger bread pa din. Yung S3 mini kakalabas pa lng hindi na agad ma uupdate sa key lime pie. Masyadong fragmented. Di gaya ng WP at IOS pag may update lahat ng handset makakakuha. Kawawa ung mga low end and midrange devices naiiwanan sa ere. SA WP8 lahat may update di lang ung flagship.

    • dhan says:

      definitely agree with you sir.

    • thecorrescode says:

      Magkano ba pinakamurang Android Phone, compare sa pinakamurang Windows Phone? At anong version nung pinakamurang Windows Phone ngayon?

      Galaxy Mini is committed atleast to Android 4.2.2 . Atleast, even midrange Android phones gets updated to the next version.

      Eh yung mga range of Windows Phone ngayon EVEN HIGHENDS, committed ba sila na upgradable to Windows 9. Yung Windows 7.5 phones nga nila di naupgradable to Windows 8 eh. May Windows 7.8, pampalubag loob lang.

      Fragmentation? All platform has issue regarding fragmentation, including Windows and iOS. Sa Android, kahit idevelop mo yung Apps for ICS/Jellybean, it will still run sa Gingerbread. Kung nakagamit ka na nang SDK, you know what I mean. Eh sa Windows 8, yung mga apps ba niyan eh backward compatible, same with iOS?

    • Ed says:

      Ang pinakamurang WP nasa 7.8 na. Isang update lang behind dahil hindi na kaya ng hardware. Eh ang pinakamurang android ilang updates behind sa high end nila?? :P

      7.5 to 7.8 = 4.1 to 4.2.2 dahil parang wala namang masyadong nabago at jelly bean pa din tawag .. So pampalubag loob lang din pala ung sa s3 mini.. haha

      And are you saying that quality = price.. Na kapag bumili ka ng cheap android phone na bukod sa kalimitan pangit na nga ang design (majority sa samsung galing)unlike wp8 low end eh hindi na mauupdate. Sa wp mura oh mahal basta may update lahat ng handset makakakuha.

      Yes WP8 is upgradable. Let’s just wait and see. Bakit ung temple run 2 parang hindi naman available sa lahat ng android. So di din nagagamit ung pagiging backward compatible..Ah baka siguro di kakayanin at maglalag pa eh laggy na nga ang OS..lols

    • lllll says:

      @thecorrescode i disagree with backwards compatibility ng apps sa android, i know meron pero same as iOS and WP di lahat ng devices supported, look at temple run, will it run smoothly or operate with galaxy y? i’m an android lover pero di natin makakaila na madami pa din flaw ang android with updates, and lahat naman may pros and cons eh, kaya no need na pag awayan to. in the end sa umpisa ka lang excited sa new handset mo after a few weeks/months pangtext or pangtawag mo na lang yan. :)

    • thecorrescode says:

      You don’t understand the difference between backward compatibility and hardware limitation. Kapag sinabing backward compatibility, ibig sabihin what you code for the new OS, may run on old OS. Sa case ng Galaxy Y, it is the hardware limitation na. Failure na nang developer yun to tag kung hanggang anong specs lang pede yun apps nia.

      For example, Skyrim may run on Windows XP, thus backward compatible. Pero kung yung Windows XP mo is 256MB memory lang which is norm for that OS, dont expect na tatakbo ng mabilis Skyrim. That is hardware limitation.

  9. jajajajason says:

    So many uninformed posts its funny.

    All WP8 are upgradable to WP9. WP7.8 should already die.

    It’s been said time and time again, so many trolls feeding off of this story. Just look at your Android phones and check if you have the latest version then whine.

    • okay ka bro. says:

      +1.

      isa pa, di ba kayo masaya na may 18 months sure software support yung phone niyo?

      Pagkaka alam ko rin, iba yung kernel(?) ng WP 8 sa WP 7.8/.5 kaya kung mag uupgrade ng 7.5->8, kailangan pa ata ng ireflash (the old way, yung may pag tinker pa sa hardware, di basta software lang) yung phone, eh since walang gamit para dito ang typical na consumer ay di na lang nila ginawa. Olats ata sila sa operation costs kapag ginawa nila yun. Kaya ayun pinanganak ang WP7.8 para sa kanila. :D

      Napansin ko lang, bakit walang article na napost kung bakit hindi pwede ang 7.5->8 upgrade? Hindi ba nakapag research ang mga contributor noong mga panahong mainit-init pa ang isyu na ito? Sayang, andami pa namang mga kids na eto lang ata ang techsite na binabasa na hindi tuloy maintindihan yung ibang details…

    • jamby says:

      hehe kawawa nga mga taong yugatech lang ang binabasang tech site. uninformed, misinformed tapos nagmamagaling.

  10. Sherlock Holmes says:

    Masarap talaga kung ang OS mo eh openSource look at my Samsung Galaxy Mini can run android 4.2.2 without any problem..i can also experience what high end phone can experience..Big thanks to the DevTeam of SGM..

  11. Ed says:

    Ang pinakamurang WP nasa 7.8 na. Isang update lang behind dahil hindi na kaya ng hardware. Eh ang pinakamurang android ilang updates behind sa high end nila?? :P

    7.5 to 7.8 = 4.1 to 4.2.2 dahil parang wala namang masyadong nabago at jelly bean pa din tawag .. So pampalubag loob lang din pala ung sa s3 mini.. haha

    And are you saying that quality = price.. Na kapag bumili ka ng cheap android phone na bukod sa kalimitan pangit na nga ang design (majority sa samsung galing)unlike wp8 low end eh hindi na mauupdate. Sa wp mura oh mahal basta may update lahat ng handset makakakuha.

    Yes WP8 is upgradable. Let’s just wait and see. Bakit ung temple run 2 parang hindi naman available sa lahat ng android. So di din nagagamit ung pagiging backward compatible..Ah baka siguro di kakayanin at maglalag pa eh laggy na nga ang OS..lols

    • thecorrescode says:

      Ang pinakamurang WP nasa 7.8 na. Isang update lang behind dahil hindi na kaya ng hardware. Eh ang pinakamurang android ilang updates behind sa high end nila??
      – Di kaya ng hardware? Pathetic reasoning from Microsoft. Nexus S na release 2010, nakakapagrun pa rin ng latest Android eh. Maski single core, tumatakbo ang Android.
      – And don’t expect an update for phones less than 5K ang price. The cheapest na bagong release na Android phone ngayon is ICS. Kung may gingerbread man, these are 2010 models na di nabenta.

      7.5 to 7.8 = 4.1 to 4.2.2 dahil parang wala namang masyadong nabago at jelly bean pa din tawag .. So pampalubag loob lang din pala ung sa s3 mini.. haha
      – Photosphere, Daydreams, Swype, Miracast to name a few sa mga bagong features ng 4.2.2 (http://www.android.com/about/jelly-bean/). Eh ang Windows 7.8, redesigned screen lang. Meron pa ba?

      And are you saying that quality = price.. Na kapag bumili ka ng cheap android phone na bukod sa kalimitan pangit na nga ang design (majority sa samsung galing)unlike wp8 low end eh hindi na mauupdate. Sa wp mura oh mahal basta may update lahat ng handset makakakuha.
      – low end Windows Phone 7.8, updatable?

      Yes WP8 is upgradable. Let’s just wait and see. Bakit ung temple run 2 parang hindi naman available sa lahat ng android. So di din nagagamit ung pagiging backward compatible..Ah baka siguro di kakayanin at maglalag pa eh laggy na nga ang OS..lols
      – Kuya ko, gamit niya Alcatel na Gingerbread, tumatakbo yung Temple Run. Kaoffice mate ko dito, gamit niya is Galaxy Note na ICS, tumatakbo Temple Run. I am using Nexus 4, tumatakbo Temple Run. So no compatibility issue.
      – Laggy? Siguro ko kung ang pinag-uusapan nating OS dito is pre-Gingerbread na hindi pa optimized for multicores kaya may lag. Sorry, did not experience sa phone ko. Isang kapatid ko who owns HTC 8X, experience niya yan palagi sa mga apps nia.

  12. Carl Bytes says:

    Microsoft disappointed WP7 users especially Lumia 800/900, HTC Titan. Microsoft did not inform new owners of WP7 users that they will not be able to upgrade their devices to WP8. I will never buy a Windows Phone again til apps and features (File explorer) will be cross platform. I’m going back to Android for my next phone. At least, in Android there is an option for Cyanogenmod.

  13. Bongbong says:

    makabili na ng nga WP8 na phone like lumia620 bago mahuli ang lahat. ma check nga at ma try ang windows phone! hehehe

  14. aroen says:

    some kinda misleading article…MS is building some momentum in its mobile OS and they can’t just let users go away without providing an update…we need to include some “more” facts on this article to prevent negative perception OK?

    • honga says:

      agree! oo nga. baka fanboy ng ibang OS yung sumulat nito. mis-informed na nga mga nagmamarunong dito, na-mislead pa.

  15. 'em says:

    Nilinaw na ng Microsoft na upgrade-able ang WP8 to WP9…

    • thecorrescode says:

      I read in phonearena na pede nga iupgrade from 8 to 9 yung current phones ngayon which is sana totoo. You can not trust Microsoft. Remember when they promised na yung Windows 7.5 phones is upgradable to Windows 8, then biglang bawi.

  16. 'em says:

    Live Tiles pa rin ang the best para sakin! :)

  17. joy says:

    parang anti-wp itong article na ito. gusto lang may mapag-usapan mga readers.
    walang kwentang article…

    yung cherry mobile at iba pang brands ilang months ba ang support????
    makareklamo mga ito eh no. buti nga may 18 months support. high-end phones lang naman ng mga branded android phones ang supported.

    • Jecjec29 says:

      Sir hinfi po tlgA pede ma update an CM phones kc lahat ng phones nila ay rebranded lng sa ibng bansa pero kung cla ang gumawa nun pedd nila ma update un . Pero kung kukunin ng CM ung update sa pinag rebranderan nila pede ma update un.

  18. Epstein says:

    may nabasa ako na iba ang core/kernel ng WP7.5 at WP8. Sa android ba may nabago? parang wala naman… I am using Lumia 620, iP5 and Xperia Sola. Pagkabili ko ng Xperia Sola nalaman ko bigla na walang update, saya no?

  19. Unix says:

    Different kernels and hardware compatibility issue ang dahilan why 7.8 cannot be upgraded to windows 8. Those who are using win8 need not to worry because the hardware itself is upgradeable to win 9. This has been confirmed by windows.

  20. Cndy says:

    Panu na lang ang nokia nian.. Sad sad sad… :-)

  21. john says:

    Huawei Ascend W1 is promising ????

  22. Marvin says:

    How does this kill Nokia? Parang di nyo ata naiintindihan lifecycle ng software… of course there will be a 8.x release before the 9.0. All 8.0 phones will surely be upgradeable to 8.x. We don’t know kung ilang 8.x releases magkakaroon and for how long the support for 8.x is. basta kung 8.0 ka meron kang 18 mos of support then pag nagrelease ng 8.x may 18 mos ulit na support yun… and so on…

    Jeezzz…

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