The declaration came that Microsoft has ended support for its Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. Thus, putting the final nail in the coffin of Microsoft’s expensive and damaging smartphone push.
8/10 Windows Phones in circulation now won’t get any supports from Microsoft
In fact, Microsoft still supports Windows 10 Mobile. Though, the OS covers only 20 per cent of the handsets currently running on Microsoft’s mobile platform.
Windows 8.1 is only three years old. In 2014, the phone arrived as a major update for new and existing phones. The Verge wrote that not supporting the phone means 8/10 Windows Phones in circulation now won’t get any supports from Microsoft.
It was the first to introduce Cortana. That will be its enduring legacy. Additionally, it brought changes to the UI and the way Windows Phone used to manage notifications.
In 2015 Windows 10 Mobile replaced it. Actually, later 8.1 buried the Windows Phone name. Nevertheless, it introduced universal apps that worked across Windows 10 devices.
It also added the excellent-sounding Continuum feature. By dint of the Continuum feature, any Windows 10 Mobile device turned into a desktop PC. Users just needed to dock with a monitor and accessories.
Unfortunately, none of that was enough to revive the format and Microsoft stopped making Lumia-branded smartphones soon into Windows 10 Mobile’s cycle.
We’re not assuming to see any major new devices from third-party manufacturers at this point and the rumored Surface Phone looks like a long-shot.