Windows Phone 7.8 and 8 to be supported into 2014

Windows Phone 7.8 and 8 to be supported into 2014
Users of Windows Phone 7.8 and the recently released Windows Phone 8 can expect to continue receiving updates to those platforms into the summer of next year.

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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15 Comments

2. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Thankfully windows have seen the light and are going to improve therein Achilles heel now just combat the app store and then we have a good competitor! Long live wp8!!

3. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Why does windows phone 8 need to be supported if all windows 8 devices will be upgraded to windows phones 9?

8. blackeye117

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Because Then There Wont Be Windows 8 Devices they'll be called windows 9 devices .

4. NateAdam8

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I just hope they keep it up by doing what they say cause it feel like most WP Devices can run up to WP10

5. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

If we could see a 7.9 update i would be happy ! Keep the good work up Microsoft !

6. papss unregistered

Support seems to be WP8 thing these days.. I love all the updates.

9. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

It is important to note that support might end for Windows Phone 8 but by that time all Windows Phone 8 devices will get Windows Phone 9 Update anyways!!

17. UdhaiyaPrasanth

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

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?

18. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Windows phone is geting better every day. I'm definitely switching to WP :)

23. yudi.nemesis unregistered

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

26. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

let him give it a try unlike you he will willing to do it which is brigter side

20. DoDevil

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Thank you News

24. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

That's another bait by the cunning MS to lure more fish. A lot of people will never forgive them for what they did to Lumia 800 and 900 which won't get WP8. Pathetic effort MS.

25. predator93

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.

27. tswsabeer

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

And where is symbian now? Nokia dumbed it's old fanbase and now they will pay for that. Typing this from a Nokia 603.

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