Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Research | By Francis Brooks

Microsoft ends push notifications support for Windows 8, Windows 7 phones

Microsoft ends push notifications support for Windows 8, Windows 7 phones

Microsoft is making things worse for the users with Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 handsets.

Past year in July, Microsoft ended all support to Windows Phone 8.1 and millions of devices running on this operating system. Nokia did go all-in on Windows Phone, but did so as it entered what turned out to be terminal decline.

Starting tomorrow, February 20, Microsoft will discontinue notification services for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 (via The Verge). However, for users of smartphones running legacy Windows Phone operating systems, Microsoft is making it harder to remain stuck in the past.

There are some users who are determined to continue using their Windows Phones until they fall apart, saying they would never transition to any other mobile operating system no matter how many apps leave the system as long as they still have their Live Tiles.

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Video: No new features, phones for Windows 10 Mobile. Plus, the "Find my phone" function on those operating systems will no longer work, either. Neither operating system found a huge audience at the time, and there likely aren't many phones out there using it today - which is part of why Microsoft now finds itself in this suboptimal smartphone situation in the first place.

Windows says services for these versions of Windows will be discontinued over time.

Microsoft's mobility strategy now appears to revolve around Windows 10 laptops powered by Qualcomm's Arm-based Snapdragon chipset, sold through telcos and bundled with mobile data services. As to where Microsoft could take its mobile initiative next is not known to anyone, though the software giant is rumoured to have the new foldable mobile-type device in development. If and when that device comes to market, though, it will nearly certainly not be running anything we would today recognize as a Windows phone operating system.

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