A new nightmare for Windows Phone users is on the horizon as Microsoft has announced that it is ending support for the push notification service on Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8. The service has already been terminated, and the company has given no time to users for adapting to it or shifting to a newer platform. The reason the company gave for closing down the service is that both the platforms have reached the end of their official support cycle, and it is time to end support for these.
Both the platforms won’t be receiving any notifications. That means the live tiles won’t be updated anymore, which would technically change the meaning of the word ‘live’. More importantly, users of these platforms won’t be able to use the find my phone feature. It is being recommended that users of these platforms switch to a much more modern platform which has support for these features.
“On February 20, 2018, Mobile Push Notification services will be turned off for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0. Once this happens: Your phone will no longer receive notifications. Your phone will not receive additional live tile updates. The “Find my phone” feature will no longer locate your phone. Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 have reached their end of support dates, and thus services for these versions of Windows will be discontinued over time,” wrote the company in a blog post.
Microsoft in the blog post assured that users of Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile won’t be affected by any of this and push notifications for those platforms will continue to work.
It is odd that push notification service is being switched off for the platform so soon. Compared to that, iOS and Android are still maintaining support at least for the Find My Phone feature for much older platform versions.