Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Mar 2013 14:34 UTC
Windows In an unexpected turn of events, we're seeing 'FUD' being spread about Microsoft, for once. Lots of articles on the web highlighting how the support lifecycle for Window Phone 7/8 and 8 is to end in July 2014, as if WP8 devices won't be getting any updates beyond that point. This already seemed unlikely early to me, and with my magical unicorn powers of, you know, common sense I already made the assumption that this only applies to versions 7.8 and 8.0 - not 8.5 or 9.0 or whatever the next version will be. WMPowerUser shares my unicorn powers: "On the other hand the OS support date is reset with any never version of the OS, so a Windows Phone 8.5 or 9 update in November 2013 would bring along its own 18 month of security updates. Microsoft has already promised all current Windows Phone 8 handsets will receive the next major version of the operating system."
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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by toast88 on Mon 18th Mar 2013 16:27 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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Slashdot's trolltastic headline was probably the worst:

"Microsoft to abandon Window Phone?"

Well, Microsoft abandoned Visual Basic, Windows Mobile, Windows CE, Windows Phone 7, Silverlight (abandoning in progress) and XNA game studios while still being popular.

So, it's not that unlikely that they're simply dropping WP at some point if they're not able to compete in perspective. Microsoft would be losing money if they tried pushing the platform over the years without gaining any significant market share.


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