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Microsoft to start support for Windows Phone 8.1 on June 24th; ending date also revealed

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Microsoft to start support for Windows Phone 8.1 on June 24th; ending date also revealed
Microsoft has posted the start and end dates for its support of Windows Phone 8.1. The start date is June 24th of this year, while the last date that Microsoft will support the mobile OS is July 11th, 2017. For 36 months after the start date, the gang in Redmond promises to make updates to the OS, including security updates. These are incremental, which means that not only does each one build on the previous update, to receive the latest one requires you to have installed the previous release. Microsoft also wants you to know that the final decision on whether you will be receiving these updates, is up to the manufacturer of your Windows Phone, and your carrier.

Windows Phone 8.1 for the general public (not the developer preview that has been available) could hit the market as soon as next week with the launch of the Nokia Lumia 630. A release in China could come at any time. The Windows Phone 8.1 update could start rolling out late next month, obviously, considering the date when Microsoft will start supporting it.

Meanwhile, for you poor souls still stuck with a Windows Phone 7.8 model, Microsoft's support of the build expires on September 9th. It might be time for you to start scouting out your next handset.

Microsoft will support Windows Phone 8.1 from June 24th, 2014 through July 11th, 2017; support for Windows Phone 7.8 is about to end in just four months

Microsoft will support Windows Phone 8.1 from June 24th, 2014 through July 11th, 2017; support for Windows Phone 7.8 is about to end in just four months


source: Microsoft via WMPoweruser

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posted on 11 May 2014, 01:54 6

1. checkmymike (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


I dont care.

posted on 11 May 2014, 01:56 27

2. Caveman723 (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 May 2014)


Excuse me, but I do care. It's a 3 years update. Good job Microsoft!

posted on 11 May 2014, 02:51 3

19. nedywest71 (Posts: 8; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


3 years updates is quite good deal, but read the post "... it will be up to the manufacturers and carriers to deliver them". Here is where my doubts start. None of those responsible for delivering the updates will have interest to do it, in the same very way with Android today. They make profits of selling you a new device and saving further money from not having developers to implement these updates. Which will be not a problem at all if the carriers offer a Year contract at reasonable prices for the plan and set and not two or more Years contract.
The bottom line is Very good promise,lets hope we see it working.

posted on 11 May 2014, 03:36 4

23. Penny (Posts: 1125; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Yes, carriers, and sometimes manufacturers, suck at delivering updates in a timely fashion if at all. Microsoft, thankfully, built a free, easy way for users to circumvent those laggards in the way of the Developer Preview program.

The Developer Preview program is open and free to all users, and you get the update OTA directly from Microsoft immediately. For example, I've been running WP 8.1 on my phone for a while now, and I was able to get it the day it was released by Microsoft. Meanwhile, there still is no word from my carrier on when it plans to release the official WP 8.1 update for my phone.

posted on 11 May 2014, 12:22 4

112. akki20892 (Posts: 3296; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Wp is great platform, but reality is they r slow in updates.

Long time between wp8 (October 2012) and 8.1 (April 2014). ms is giant software company they know Operating System. Then why not they took less than 1 yr.

posted on 11 May 2014, 14:57 1

139. sgodsell (Posts: 1004; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


At Redmond or Microsoft in general there is only a handful of people who actually work on any of their OS's, and fewer still who actually have access to the core code like the kernel. So changes will always be slow an methodical.
When compared to open OS's, Windows will always be slower to update. This still doesn't change the speed of an OEM or carrier to put the updates on the device's.

posted on 11 May 2014, 15:29 2

142. Penny (Posts: 1125; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Well it didn't go directly from 8.0 to 8.1 after a year and a half of no updates. In that year and a half, there were two updates in GDR2 and GDR3. These were not minor, but not major either.

But overall, I do agree with you, and so does Microsoft. Microsoft has recently made it clear that they intend to update their operating systems more frequently instead of building up larger updates released after long gaps.

posted on 11 May 2014, 01:59 10

3. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5161; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Then why you're here?

posted on 11 May 2014, 02:01 22

4. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Everyone in this world has the right to be stupid. But you sir are abusing that privilege.

posted on 11 May 2014, 02:04 9

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3028; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


He is angry bird.

posted on 11 May 2014, 03:47 4

24. sip1995 (Posts: 731; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Okayhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-D6I0H7N2Q = I don't care, i love it.

posted on 11 May 2014, 04:16 2

33. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3028; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Spam detected! :-P

posted on 11 May 2014, 05:07 5

43. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Troll detected! :-P

posted on 11 May 2014, 07:18 3

49. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Jealous detected

posted on 11 May 2014, 07:43 7

56. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Noob detected!

posted on 11 May 2014, 09:35 3

64. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Fan boy detected

posted on 11 May 2014, 10:24 5

81. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Bullsh*t detected!

posted on 11 May 2014, 10:38 2

85. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Truth hurts

Fan boys can't be taken seriously

You have no merit

Truth to fan boys is BS

posted on 11 May 2014, 11:07 5

96. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Even you are BS to me.

posted on 11 May 2014, 11:15 2

101. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3028; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Both of you stop being childish.

posted on 11 May 2014, 11:50 2

107. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


He is being childish always going off topic the subject and insulting and attacking how childish is that

posted on 11 May 2014, 14:56 2

138. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3490; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


SMH...... If you could only see me SMH.

posted on 11 May 2014, 18:16 1

150. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Ok bro, I see you.

posted on 11 May 2014, 11:14 6

100. papss (unregistered)


Arte why is it that you are now in every WP article talking sh!t and starting crap? Stop trolling... Its pathetic dude...way to represent android with your childish acts.

posted on 11 May 2014, 14:58 3

140. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3490; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Looks like WP is still the most popular platform on PA... Just look at the amount of comments on every article...

posted on 11 May 2014, 15:31 2

143. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I know WP generates lots loads a post even Android articles don't generate that many posts

posted on 11 May 2014, 12:27 2

115. akki20892 (Posts: 3296; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Norton Antivirus

posted on 11 May 2014, 12:27 2

114. akki20892 (Posts: 3296; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


McAfee

posted on 11 May 2014, 12:26 2

113. akki20892 (Posts: 3296; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Thanks AVG, I deleted.

posted on 11 May 2014, 12:33 1

117. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3028; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


LOL...

posted on 11 May 2014, 04:38 10

40. SIGPRO (Posts: 404; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


You do care because you did respond...........NOOB!

posted on 11 May 2014, 04:55 6

42. hmd74 (Posts: 276; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


You must do :D

posted on 11 May 2014, 06:20 3

45. aminkhs (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 May 2014)


I care! because I have htc 8s and lumia 820!
And u dont care because u dont use these devices and u dont know whats wp!
u dont care because u think wp is look like android! but I say its look like wp! so u should test it just for 1 month to see whats wp!

posted on 11 May 2014, 07:20 1

50. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Same to neither do I cause I use my L1020 to take great photos but never use the WP platform to do anything

So he is right

posted on 11 May 2014, 09:12 5

61. Liveitup (Posts: 1048; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


You don't own a WP pretender.

posted on 11 May 2014, 09:55 4

73. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I'm a Nokia lover my username says Arte8800 which stands for

NOKIA 8800 SAPPHIRE ARTE PHONE

DO YOU NOT REMEMBER 8 SERIES NOKIA 8600 LUNA

posted on 11 May 2014, 10:23 5

80. Liveitup (Posts: 1048; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Like i said you do not own a WP. Being a Nokia lover does not mean you have a WP.

posted on 11 May 2014, 10:27 5

82. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Just by having a Nokia phone username, one doesn't become a Nokia fan. You are in reality a Nokia hater and a POS troll.

posted on 11 May 2014, 10:49 2

89. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Says the

NOKIAFTW fan boy

I'm no fan boy like you

I give credit where it's due unlike you the truth is the lye to you and lye is the truth

posted on 11 May 2014, 11:09 4

98. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


You are BS. Not a fanboy, just a big fat POS.

posted on 11 May 2014, 13:15 1

122. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Wow look at you you have to swear

You are so angry

Keep the tone down no need for the criticism and anger rage and violence

This is what happens when you dicuss dispute with fan boys they become repulsive

Seek counselling

posted on 11 May 2014, 16:00 2

146. Johnnokia (Posts: 476; Member since: 27 May 2012)


NokiaFTW & Arte-8800, Both of you are so lovely.
Heil Nokia

posted on 12 May 2014, 11:14

159. corporateJP (Posts: 1548; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


So says the MS guy masquerading under a Nokia username...

posted on 11 May 2014, 11:16 5

102. papss (unregistered)


If you didn't care you wouldn't be here.. Stop trolling like a pathetic loser..

posted on 11 May 2014, 02:03 6

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3028; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


36 months of no update release. o.O

posted on 11 May 2014, 06:27

46. aminkhs (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 May 2014)


sorry guys! but it look like a new OS came from Iran! its name is ApAdAnA OS I see that leaked photos in this site:
rayasoft.mihanblog.com/post/112

posted on 11 May 2014, 10:08 1

78. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2416; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yeah sure. Probably a software to operate their nuclear missiles.

posted on 11 May 2014, 13:58

134. aminkhs (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 May 2014)


I think this is a peaceful project! Because Im Iranian and I know what happen in my country! Our gov.s want peaceful relations with other specially America , Eu

posted on 11 May 2014, 23:05

157. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2416; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Oh. Sorry. I actually thought your a spammer robot lol. I guess it's not then :)

posted on 11 May 2014, 07:21

51. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


That's what you get being with wp very late updates

posted on 11 May 2014, 08:25 4

58. Liveitup (Posts: 1048; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Timely updates is one of the reasons that WP is better than Android for the average user.

posted on 11 May 2014, 09:37 3

65. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


There is no options for Wp7 users to upgrade to Wp8 unlike on Android there is custom ROM and Dev support

posted on 11 May 2014, 09:45 2

70. Liveitup (Posts: 1048; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


That has to do with the Kernel, WP7 -7.8 runs on CE.

WP8 - onwards runs on NT Kernel.

posted on 11 May 2014, 09:56 3

74. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3028; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Whatever be the reason. With the awesome cm team, i can get the next 4 versions of android on both my moto g and nexus 7 just like my galaxy s2.

posted on 11 May 2014, 10:21 2

79. Liveitup (Posts: 1048; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Yep the sad thing is that is not the case across the platform as opposed to WP and iOS devices.

posted on 11 May 2014, 10:32 2

84. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1854; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Yes one can, but only by rooting, not officially. WP can get updates for a long time (36 months), whereas Android users can get OFFICIAL support from Google for a paltry 18 months. Also, 95% of Android users don't want to or don't know how to root their phones. So your argument is irrelevant.

posted on 11 May 2014, 10:54 2

92. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I never take you seriously cause you are a fan boy

Wp8 is great platform just like others but I find it to restriced

posted on 11 May 2014, 11:07 1

97. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3028; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


You know lately with cyanogenmod installer you dont even need root, just plug in to computer and few clicks and instructions.... Tada, ultra smooth and ultra functional CM is ready. And those who dont know rooting, simply dont care about updates.....

posted on 11 May 2014, 17:49

149. sip1995 (Posts: 731; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


It still exists ? I thought Google removed it from the play store.

posted on 11 May 2014, 21:44 1

153. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3028; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The apk is available at cyanogenmod site.

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