The End of an Era for Windows Phones; Microsoft Officially Ends Support For Windows Phone 8.1

It is time to say good bye to all windows phones as Microsoft Officially Ends Support For Windows Phone 8.1. Back on July 15, 2014, Microsoft has first introduced this update. Now ending this support means that there are now only two mobile operating system, Android and iOS.

The End of an Era for Windows Phones; Microsoft Officially Ends Support For Windows Phone 8.1

AdDuplex, Cross-promotion network for windows store apps and games, estimates that nearly 80 percent of all Windows-powered phones are still running Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, or Windows Phone 8.1. All of these handsets are now officially unsupported. Moreover, only 20 percent of all Windows phones are running the latest Windows 10 Mobile OS.

Microsoft still supports Windows 10 Mobile, But it’s not clear what that support will include in the future. Microsoft pushed updates to Windows Phone 8 devices. But the software giant barely included any feature updates in the recent Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update. However, in its PC version Microsoft had added numerous features with more to come.

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According to a report from Gartner99.6 percent of all new smartphones now run Android or iOS. As a result, Microsoft has given up producing its own Lumia-branded hardware.

Microsoft last CEO Steve Ballmer tried hard to push Windows Phone to compete with Android and iOS. Ballmer was so confident in his plans that he lead Microsoft to acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services division in 2013 so that Microsoft could make and sell its own Windows Phones. Then New CEO Satya Nadella took his place in February 2014. But Nadella was not clearly think that competing with Google and Apple directly in the smartphone space was the right strategy. Over the next couple of years Microsoft shut down or sold off almost all of the assets that it had bought from Nokia under Ballmer’s direction.

99.6 percent of all new smartphones now run Android or iOS

The biggest problem that Microsoft had to face was that many big apps developers have not developed windows version of their big hits. Just like Google has not revealed window version for many apps, resulting unavailability of many apps for window phones.

Secondly, window was never be a big threat to both operating system i.e Android and iOS. For all those who think that there is a place for a third smartphone OS in the current market, Microsoft is a best example for them.

Also Check: Android Distribution Update: Nougat is Now on Over 7% of all Devices

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Onsa Mustafa

Onsa is a Software Engineer and a tech blogger who focuses on providing the latest information regarding the innovations happening in the IT world. She likes reading, photography, travelling and exploring nature.

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