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

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.


source: Microsoft via WMPoweruser

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159 Comments

1. checkmymike

Posts: 220; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

I dont care.

2. Caveman723

Posts: 22; Member since: May 01, 2014

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

19. nedywest71

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 02, 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.

23. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

112. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

139. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

142. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Then why you're here?

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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24. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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33. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Spam detected! :-P

43. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Troll detected! :-P

49. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Jealous detected

56. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Noob detected!

64. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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81. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Bullsh*t detected!

85. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Truth hurts Fan boys can't be taken seriously You have no merit Truth to fan boys is BS

96. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Even you are BS to me.

101. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Both of you stop being childish.

107. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

138. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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150. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Ok bro, I see you.

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.

140. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

143. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

115. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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114. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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113. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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117. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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