When it all comes to an end!
Redmond-based software firm, Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday (effective July 11th, 2017) announced it’s officially ending support for their most popular version of its mobile operating system (OS); Windows Phone 8.1 OS. Meaning, the firm won’t be pushing any sort of updates, security patches, bug fixes, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates to this OS.
Thus, Windows Phone handset holders running Windows 8.1 or older version of the OS will be left out unless their handset is eligible for a software update.
It should be pointed out that a handful of handsets; Lumia 1520, Lumia 930, Lumia 830, and Lumia 735 — running Windows Phone 8.1 Denim update were slated to receive Windows 10 Mobile, though the aforementioned estimates suggest either most phones haven’t received the new software, or people are simply not updating.
Support for older versions like Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7 ended in January, 2016 and October, 2014 respectively.