It is confirmed: Windows Phone 7.8 won't receive mainstream support after September 9

It is confirmed: Windows Phone 7.8 won't receive mainstream support after September 9
Microsoft just confirmed that it will drop mainstream support for Windows Phone 7.8 in two months' time, on September 9. Well, frankly said, Microsoft has not given much love to the older version of its mobile platform for quite some time now, so this shouldn't be surprising for the users that have decided to stick with Windows Phone 7.8 for the time being. Then again, officially ceasing to support a given version of an OS is like saying “Good riddance!” to it and its users.

Luckily, Windows Phone 7.8 will receive the so-called Extended Support over the course of the following 5 years – this means that security updates and hotfixes will still be pushed to devices that rock WP 7.8 for free. During said time period, Microsoft won't accept any requests for design changes for the platform. Hopefully, most users will have moved on to devices that run an up-to-date version of Windows Phone by that time.

Windows Phone 7.8 was the last update for Windows Phone 7 devices, which arrived early 2013 for supported devices. It brought a number of novel features and functionalities to the table - it came with resizable Live Tiles and allowed users to choose between small, medium, or large ones. In addition, the update introduced a beefed up palette with accent colors, which allowed deeper customiziation of Windows Phone 7.8's interface. Initially, the update caused some issues, but these were resolved after a relatively short one-month break.

Some of the more popular devices that supported Windows Phone 7.8 were the Nokia Lumia 510, Lumia 610, Lumia 710, Lumia 800, and the Lumia 900. Are you still sporting one of these?

It is confirmed: Windows Phone 7.8 won't receive mainstream support after September 9

source: Microsoft Support via Neowin

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70 Comments

1. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

WP 9 after September 9, will fix WP 8.1 and sold in millions.

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Just like WP8 fixed WP7 and sold in millions, and WP8.1 fixed WP8 and sold in millions... ;)

10. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

yes :) they all sold in millions....

22. sgodsell

Posts: 6739; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Globally only 7.6 million WP sold in Q1 2014 or 2.7%. So is that the millions you are talking about. That same time period 233 million Androids sold globally.http://www.idc.com/prodserv/smartphone-os-market-share.jsp

23. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Ouch, that is volume.

24. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Who cares before it was 2 million, every WP keeps growing, nobody is saying that it's selling as much as Android Android has more device makers, promotion etc WP what he is saying is the OS is growing, get that through your head

26. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I said millions, not ten of millions or hundreds of millions....

30. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

WP sold over 33 million units last year ( tens of millions).

33. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I know WP is the third in two horse race.

46. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Everybody who ever got to number one was number two or three at one point.

58. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is true... But MS was number 1 with Win Mo once upon a time....they fell hard. Them and BB.

41. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

And our sales guy Mr. Liveitup got a cut of $12 out of hit. Congrats to him. :)

49. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I wish I got a cut that would be sweet, sadly I'm just a fan of the OS. I could be saying you are on Google's payroll for all the hating on WP.

42. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

And our sales guy Mr. Liveitup got a cut of $12 out of hit. Congrats to him. :)

47. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You know how people express their opinions by commenting ONCE? That is still valid in 2014.

62. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

I dont give a damn how many bought Android i love to stay on WP :P

67. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

and many wishes they stay on old Palm OS, or the new Palm WebOS, or Symbian OS, or WinMo, or Bada... but...

29. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

WP 8.1 is an excellent OS, what needs fixing is some people's ignorance

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Now they are forcing people to use windows 8. My computer would love to stay in windows 7

3. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

?????

4. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Actually, we're talking about Windows Phone

11. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

The PC version will took effect on January next year.

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This sound eerily like how it is in Android land....now lets see if MS, WP gets the same hate Google, Android does...

34. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The thing is that the percentage of WP devices that update to the newest versions of WP are always higher faster than what's possible with Android... The same goes with iOS.... ................. As soon as you guys realize that Android isn't WP, WP isn't iOS, and iOS isn't Android,, you'll quit making irrelevant comparisons.... It's just a different situation with WP, so it's not as big a deal, at all, to end support for 7.X.

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Same hate? For what? No one is expecting a android 1.x to be updated to 4.x, no one is expecting a 2.x to be updated to a 4.x What i dont like is a note 2 getting the ax right now of getting the 4.4 update unless i go through unofficial channels. Where as, my 521, my 925, my 8x and well ANY win8 device will get the 8.1 update.

48. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Note 2...that sucks. Ok...reading up on it now....I see the Note 2 getting 4.4.. Was that a hypothetical response or ? And its a lil different than comparing Android versions 2 versions apart. This is 7 to 8. This is 7.8 to 8. Its not no ones fault be MS's that they had to do a total reboot of the inner workings, kernel of WP. 8 to 8.1 should happen. With any OS. The bigger story will be 8 to 9.

63. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is not just a kernel reboot it was hardware reboot as well. Some of the 'flagship' phones from the win7 line could have had run 8, but not very well since there was no killer hardware specs for the win7 devices. Something like the tmo prism stuck on 2.3, yet sold as brand new out of the box at wally world, wont get the 4.4 update. Yet the 521 next to it 'brand new', is. Right now the 4.4 update is not available for the note 2, at least not on TMO. When 8.1hits we wont have 8 months of 4.4 being out and a device still not have it like the note 2. http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-4962 So we have 4.4, released in oct 2013, and people are 'waiting' almost 10 months later for a high end phone to get the update.

65. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok, a specific version of the Note 2. Sadly...that sounds more like a T Mo issue vs an Android one. I have a question....the carriers dont get in the way for WP updates? If not, how is that possible? And I took what you said as the Note 2 wont ever get 4.4.....you just mean right now...

69. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes right, now, but that right now is nearly 10 months....long time to wait. By the time it comes, Android L will most likely be out and the Note 4 will be selling. It is a T-Mo issue, mainly because of wifi calling is what slows the updates down the most. It is also the same thing that has caused the 810 to not get official updates from tmo I know that sprint has had note 2 kitkat for some time, but havent checked the others. Point though is that when 8.1 hits, all will get it from win8, where as with 4.4 not all 4.x got it. I have a few 4.0 4.1 that at least for now do not have kitkat. Like the S3 for tmo (dont know about other carriers).

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I had Lumia 800. Good hardware, but battery life was terrible and I began to hate software pretty soon (app store sucked sooo much, I had loads of bugs, freezes and random slowdowns, and of course, it had WP version that is worse than current one that I don't like at all). And icing on the cake, USB port broke down after half a year.

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