Windows Phone 7.8 and 8 to be supported into 2014
posted by Maxwell R. / Mar 16, 2013, 2:26 PM
Windows Phone 8 hardware should be able to upgrade to the next platform version, Windows Phone 9 or Blue, or however it is branded, thus beginning another life cycle. Owners of older Windows Phone 7 gear will have to upgrade their handsets to get future releases.
There is no real hurry, Windows Phone 8 mainstream support will continue until July 8, 2014 which coincides with an expected halt in extended support by way of security updates or patches. However, some of those updates can be delayed by carrier controls, so Microsoft does not list a hard date for an end to extended support.
Mainstream support for Windows Phone 7.8 will continue through September 9, 2014 which is 18 months from a listed lifecycle start date of February 9, 2013. Extended support is listed with the same grey-area as with Windows Phone 8.
Of course, there is a carrier and locality elements involved which we cannot gauge. Some carriers are notoriously slow when it comes to rolling out updates and there may also be limits to this forecast based on region as well. This also does not rule out a subsequent release for legacy Windows Phone 7.x hardware. Could we see a Windows Phone 7.9 rollout with Windows Phone 9? We do not think that is very likely, but never say never.
sources: Microsoft via WPCentral
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Why does windows phone 8 need to be supported if all windows 8 devices will be upgraded to windows phones 9?
posted on Mar 16, 2013, 4:18 PM 7
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Guys, I'm no techno-geek.. Just a normal user with a lot of interest in knowing about smartphones and other stuffs... So this question might sound plain stupid to most of u here... But I was wondering if there is any way to back up the text messages and applications in WP7.5? I need them to be alive so badly and I've kept my phone away from the 7.8 update only to save those.. Is there any way I can update to 7.8, but still have my apps and texts?
posted on Mar 17, 2013, 12:30 AM 0
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Windows phone is geting better every day. I'm definitely switching to WP :)
posted on Mar 17, 2013, 1:18 AM 2
thats not a good idea because even nokia still not sure of wp phone future, you can convert to android and buy nexus devices but if you love nokia so much wp is good enough
posted on Mar 17, 2013, 4:52 AM 1
Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012
It would be great if they can keep up with the promise, but considering the speed at which the technology is improving I expect a lot of hardware exclusive features coming up with the next iteration of windows phone which may not be supported by all the phones.
posted on Mar 17, 2013, 1:08 PM 0
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