Microsoft Will Stop Supporting Windows Phone After 18 Months

Yes, you heard it right. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) will stop supporting Windows Phone versions 7.8 and 8.0 just 18 months from their respective release dates. Users that are deemed unable to upgrade to the next version of Windows Phone on their devices will no longer receive security updates and general software enhancements when the expiration period is reached. In this video, Motley Fool contributor Steve Heller discusses Microsoft's likely motivation behind this seemingly poor choice and what it could mean for investors.

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  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 1:33 AM, benrhanson wrote:

    Maybe no more updates for Windows Phone 8... but I suspect there will be continued support for Windows Phone 8.1/Blue/Whatever.

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 7:35 AM, john1ash wrote:

    Android phones get updates... when?

    Haven't heard.

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 8:21 AM, greenember wrote:

    Kind of a raw deal for people on a 24 month contract

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 8:43 AM, Mreiher wrote:

    Not a smart move for MS, but like someone else pointed out, not much different than most Android based phones.

    Apple is really the only Phone maker (not sure about BB?) that the OS seems to have some longevity with the devices and parity between devices like iPhones to iPads.

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 8:46 AM, SleepyTheDon wrote:

    Why post such an inaccurate article? The headline is exactly that ONLY A HEADLINE not the truth at all.

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 9:50 AM, Burstedbladder wrote:

    It looks as if the people are fed up with Microsuck and all its inferior products.

    When you make something for the consumer and sell it to them. Don't then try and control their devices (cell fones, xbox, computers, software, etc.)

    I have a xbox, got it for the Netflix and the kids to play on, but I have to subscribe and pay Microsuck a fee to access my NF option on the Xbox.

    MS can go and **ck himself.

    No way will this company get another dime outta my pocket, ever.

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 10:10 AM, ValkMT wrote:

    This is likely the longest Phone OS support commitment of any platform!

    Nearly everyone with a 2 year contract will be supported during the entire contract and the vast majority will be supported for years after the end of their contract. Here is an example, if you bought a new Apple iPhone 3G in 2009, today, Apple not longer supports you, less than 4 years later. But, if I bought a Samsung Focus Windows Phone at launch in Oct. 2009, support will end for that in 18 more months! That is Oct. 2015. 6 years after launch!!!!

    This author has no clue what he is talking about. For Windows Phone 7 (replaced by Windows Phone 8.0 6 months ago, that means 18 months of support past the release of the last Windows Phone 7 devices! For Windows Phone 8.0, they will all be capable of upgrading to Windows Phone 8.1. Only if you refuse to upgrade to 8.1 will you have 18 months of support left.

    Complaining about Microsoft only supporting the 8.0 version for 18 more months is like complaining about Apple no longer supporting iOS 4.

    An objective view of the 18 more month support statement is that in most cases it's likely the best support of any phone OS. The Title of this article is very misleading.

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 11:27 AM, Azzras wrote:

    This is an untrue article. MS has stated on more than one occasion that WP8 will be able to upgrade the software. The end support date they are talking about is for version 8 software of the phone.

    This has been written about many times, MS has commented on it numerous times, Fools misrepresent the truth...

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 11:47 AM, Bobafeta66 wrote:

    This is an incorrect and misleading story, Motley Fool. Bad form. You should retract it and/or publish a correction.

    The 18-month support has already been proven to cover each individual release. See Paul Thurott's vindication of Microsoft's support here.

    So 18 mos. for Windows Phone 8.0, then another for 8.1 and yes, you get to upgrade...roughly every year. So support goes on and on much longer than what you purport. And as several readers said, try that with Android.

    This is only a platform for Microsoft haters to vent. We deserve better from you, Motley Fool. Shameful journalism.

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2013, at 11:07 AM, SamAl2 wrote:

    Something seems very wrong with this article. It's dated April 10,2013. Yet it has the statement "However, with the release of its own tablet, along with the widely anticipated Windows 8 operating system...." Windows 8 isn'at anticipated. It's been out a LONG time. Fool needs to take a look at this author's work, current and previous.. especially if payment for the article is involved.

  • Report this Comment On April 15, 2013, at 9:06 PM, usernameblah wrote:

    I really hope they change their mind! I love my Windows Phone and I refuse to go the iPhone route....

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