We are witnessing the agonizing and painful end of Windows Phone, the mobile platform with which Microsoft sought to fight next to Nokia. I imagine that everyone knows what happened, so I do not think it necessary to remember sad things. What we must emphasize, is that Microsoft is ending with support for versions 7.5 and 8 of the platform, which will mean an important series of changes and elements that will stop working in the next few hours.
Microsoft is confirming that during the first minutes of this February 20, Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 will stop receiving support to receive push notifications, one of those key features in smartphones today. A movement that was coming after the company confirmed last October that this operation ceased to be a priority.
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The loss of notifications is not the only feature that will stop working in Windows Phone 7.5 and 8, since Microsoft also confirmed that the live tiles will no longer be updated live. That is, from now on they will remain static without showing new information.
Also, the ‘Find my Phone’ service also loses support , so if someone with one of these smartphones misplaces their device, they will not be able to use this service to search for it or to block it or do remote deletion.
It should be noted that only versions 7.5 and 8 of the operating will lose these features, while Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile will still have them, although we do not know for how much longer. The same Microsoft mentioned a few months ago that they would stop implementing new features and only focus on security updates, this until the end of the useful life of the devices.
Recall that there were several signs, but without a date, the death of Windows Phone. Joe Belfiore was among the first to confirm and give details about the end of support, and Microsoft had already hinted that they had failed in the mobile sector. The same IDC data gave it a 0.1% share in the market during the first quarter of 2017, and in the latest figures it does not even appear. Forever, Windows Phone .