Yesterday, Microsoft stopped supporting devices running on Windows Phone 8.1 or earlier. Microsoft made this announcement via their website’s support page. The company page said that 11 July would be the last day for supporting Windows Phone 8.1. Though many people have said that this means Microsoft is killing off its Windows Phone division, it is not entirely true. Microsoft is still supporting Windows 10 Mobile, and a few reports point towards a new device being spotted on their campus. However, we can consider Microsoft is killing off the Windows Phone name as Windows Phone 8.1 was the last OS to utilise this naming convention after which Microsoft moved on to Windows Mobile.
The end of support for Windows Phone 8.1 means that Microsoft will no longer be putting out updates or security patches for devices that run this particular version of Windows Phone OS. Microsoft has ended support after three years for the operating system.
Currently, 53 percent of the devices in the Windows Phone ecosystem are running on Windows Phone 8.1 and 13 percent of the devices run on Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 7.8 run on 6 percent, 9 percent and 1 percent respectively. Currently, only 18 percent of the devices run on Windows 10 Mobile which is an extremely small number of devices.
Windows 10 Mobile users don’t have to worry as Microsoft will keep on supporting their devices for the time being. Windows 10 Mobile just got an Insider Preview Build for the developers recently, this update will be rolling out to the public soon.