MICROSOFT has today ended mainstream support for Windows Phone 8.1 – the most popular version of its mobile operating system – forcing users to upgrade to Windows 10.
Windows Phone 8.1 support has this week ended.
Those who are still using a smartphone powered by Windows Phone 8.1, it’s time to upgrade the operating system.
Windows Phone 8.1 is still by far the most popular version of the mobile operating system, with some 70 per cent of Windows Phone devices running the outdated software.
Those who want to ensure their phone is updated with the latest security patches and features will now have to upgrade their phone to Windows 10 Mobile.
Unfortunately, Windows 10 Mobile is not compatible with every smartphone capable of running Windows Phone 8.1.
Microsoft requires the majority of Windows Phone 8.1 users to install a separate app – dubbed Upgrade Advisor – in order to execute the software upgrade.Windows Phone will no longer be supported by Microsoft, the US company revealed
Whether Microsoft will choose to push-out a Windows 10 Mobile update for all Windows Phone 8.1 owners is not yet known.
On the Windows 8.1 lifecycle support page, Microsoft clearly states it will release operating system updates and patches for a minimum of 36 months after the lifecycle start date, which was June 24th 2014.
Clearly, those 36 months have already passed.
“Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System, including security updates, for a minimum of 36 months after the lifecycle start date,” the support page reads.
“These updates will be incremental, with each update built on the update that preceded it. Customers need to install each update in order to remain supported.
“The distribution of these incremental updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone, and installation will require that your phone have any prior updates.
“Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities.
The news comes as Microsoft General Manager for Surface Ryan Gavin offered smartphone fans an intriguing tidbit about the long-rumoured Surface Phone.
Mr Gavin was speaking to Business Insider about the new Surface line-up, which includes an overhauled Surface Pro, brand-new Surface Laptop and desktop behemoth, Surface Studio.