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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Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Mon 18th Mar 2013 14:53 UTC
Nelson
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2005-11-29

This is a consequence of a hyper-connected media we live with. There must always be tea leaves, there must always be something to be made from nothing.

People refuse to accept that such information is just at this point not available, and instead do something I think is more dangerous, which is to start trying to see things that don't exist.

I understand why people might make the leap. Yes, Microsoft really did burn WP7 adopters. A terrible idea, but one they've likely already paid the PR costs for. However it is unrelated to support dates completely.

Microsoft and others could avoid a lot of this destructive misinformation by simply being more forthcoming. By now, its common sense that something will exist beyond WP8. Why not say that? It would be trivial for them to say "Windows Phones will get the next major set of updates -- at the very least".

I know they've sorta kinda have said it via various executive interviews, but a direct and forceful statement is a powerful thing.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 18th Mar 2013 15:06 in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Exactly.

Microsoft provides those end support dates for the purposes of enterprises who need to know product support lifetimes.

Did you spot the tragic part of that statement? Enterprise! No other mobile operating system will provide those metrics, so they look kind of scary to consumers not used to paying attention to such things. They could have included more information on that page to explain to a consumer why they don't need to worry, but they never really expected consumers to pay attention to it in the first place.

In fact, I think people should be afraid for windows phone 8, if there wasn't an end support date. That would kind of indicate that Microsoft wasn't going to introduce a new mobile operating system.

Anyone know when the support for the microsoft Kin ran out?

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