On the company's support pages, its' reported that Windows Phone 8 will stop being supported on July 8 2014 and Windows 7.8 will stop receiving support on September 9 2014. According to Microsoft, Windows 8 platforms started receiving support earlier (December 14) while Windows 7.8 started getting support later on February 9. The tech giant likes to keep support for their products at least 18 months.
Windows Phone 8 is the most current Microsoft mobile phone out there. It also has the most features. Windows 7.8 was created for Windows 7 phone users who didn't want to upgrade their phones.
It makes sense that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is phasing out the older operating systems for newer operating systems. Many mobile phone makers launch an upgraded operating system once every year. It's crucial for companies to stay on top of the ever-changing technology trends and Microsoft is rolling with the evolutionary changes.
What is interesting is that there is no official successor announced yet to replace these phones. The company previously announced that there will be a significant upgrade from the Windows 8 operating system but there is still so much that's not known about the future upgrade. There have been previous rumors indicating that we could expect a new Windows Phone in time for the next holiday season.
There is still a lot of concern that Microsoft's announcement could indicate the end of Windows Phones, particularly because there is no mention of the next generation of Windows Phones. Perhaps they should have mentioned the plans for their next generation of mobile products before they released the official cut-off dates for the current generation.
It's well-known that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is struggling in the current smartphone market and they may be struggling to think of what to do next but it's important for the company to make official plans for the future before announcing the shut-down of older products.