According to Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet, a number of gadgets from Microsoft will be expiring for good soon. Among the list is the Microsoft Windows Phone 7.8. The imminent death of this phone has been known for awhile and the date set is September 9th. This isn’t that surprising since the Windows Phone 7.8 wasn’t that much to talk about and was released just to act as filler between the Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft published but then retracted a note announcing the end of support for a number of their gadgets including the Windows Phone 7.8. We’re not quite sure what this means but according to the company’s general life cycle for a product, a device generally receives updates and support for a two year period. After two years, the devices cease receiving support from the company and there is no extended support.
However, what is puzzling about the Windows Phone 7.8 is that it’s being killed after only a year and a half instead of a full two years. The official verbiage: “Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System on your phone, including security updates, for a period of 18 months after the lifecycle start date.”
Sadly though, the amount of users that are going to be affected is a whopping 17% of the larger Windows Phone market. The huge chunk of the market is going to be left alone after the next few months, to walk on their own without support from Microsoft.
But this was inevitable. The Windows Phone 7.8 was merely something to act as an in between for Microsoft. Not much was talked about the device, not much will be talked about the device. All we have to say is to all users of the 7.8, it’s time to get a new smartphone.