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Windows Phone 8.1 mainstream support ends today

Windows Phone 8.1 support details official page shows mainstream support ending July 11, 2017
Windows Phone 8.1 support details
More than three years since its arrival, Windows Phone 8.1 no longer receives mainstream support, so Microsoft can no longer promise any security updates or patches for it starting today.

In case you forgot about it, Microsoft unleashed Windows Phone 8.1 back in June 2014. Now, the time has come for this mobile operating system to lose mainstream support. While this might not seem like a big deal at first sight, more than half of all Windows phones still in the wild still run Windows Phone 8.1.

The latest stats from AdDuplex reveal that about 20 percent of all Windows-powered phones run Windows 10 Mobile, almost 70 percent use Windows Phone 8.1, and the remaining share belongs to Windows Phone 7.x and Windows Phone 8.0. When looking at the Windows 10 Mobile stats, we discover that about 59 percent of those devices run the Creators Update already, but only 60 percent or so are compatible with it. 

Since widely used apps like Facebook no longer provide updates for Windows Phone 8 devices, it is only a matter of time until those stuck with this operating system decide to get one of the few Windows 10 Mobile phones one the market or to just switch to Apple's iOS or Google's Android.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-07-11 (Update: 2017-07-11)