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Mainstream support for Windows Phone 8.1 has ended
By Thom Holwerda, submitted by nej_simon on 2017-07-12 13:36:56

If you're still rocking a handset running Windows Phone 8.1, it is important to note that mainstream support for the operating system is ending tomorrow, as Microsoft previously announced. Prior to the availability of Windows 10 Mobile for select handsets, the last major update to Windows Phone 8.1 was Lumia Denim, which started rolling out way back in December 2014.

A select number of handsets can get Windows 10 Mobile, but the vast majority of users (about 80%) are running Windows Phone 8.1.

So, headlines that state Windows Phone died yesterday are clickbait - but only because Windows Phone died years ago.

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To me...
By dionicio on 2017-07-12 14:16:18
Another sign about Nadella keeping effort on native ARM code -non messianic.

Focusing resources where prizes on the horizon are.
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Doesn't matter much
By darknexus on 2017-07-12 14:27:26
Everyone who hasn't moved to iOS or Android from Windows Phone already, will do so now for their next phone.
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RE: To me...
By Kochise on 2017-07-12 14:50:47
It's still kind of sad because Windows Phone was pretty good actually (nothing to see with Windows Mobile that followed PocketPC in the early 2000s).

With the now Linux compatible Windows 10, Visual Studio that allows coding on Android and even iPhone, they could NOW have borrowed some attraction.

So they were both a bit too late on the mobile market and developer's front.

Ballmer, any chanting while jumping on stage ?
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RE[2]: To me...
By Sidux on 2017-07-12 15:02:41
Blackberry tried the same approach in offering the ability of porting apps from ios / Android to blackberry but that did not go well.
It's a shame for them as well.
Problem remains that google and apple have their services so tightly integrated that it's hard to move things forward without their support.
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Thank you for a stable and fast platform
By wigry on 2017-07-12 15:35:33
I still use my 3+ year old Lumia 520 as a daily device and I am very very pleased with its stability and performance. In fact it behaves the way it did when I took it out from the box many years ago. The battery still lasts a week. Very pleased with WP8.1 and for now I continue to use the device. Good to know that there are no updates (read changes) planned for my device anymore. Of course this is all possible because I do not use 3rd party apps in the phone.

Only reason to have smart phone instead of feature phone for me is the availability of qwerty keyboard to type SMSes on. And very rarerly I might need to look up something from the internet and for that the IE will beat Opera Mini any day. Nokia Here maps are also great to use.

That said, I can totally understand that for 99% of tech-savvy people such a use-case and therefore the device would not be acceptable. For me it is simply the best phone to date.

Oh and at work my table is full of iPhones as I write apps to them. In fact it is very refreshing to use Windows Phone platform in contrast to iOS.

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RE: Thank you for a stable and fast platform
By moondevil on 2017-07-12 18:29:34
> Oh and at work my table is full of iPhones as I write apps to them. In fact it is very refreshing to use Windows Phone platform in contrast to iOS.

I really enjoyed using UWP, specially the mix of .NET Native and C++/CX, but it was the multiple reboots (WP7, WP8, WP8.1 Universal Apps, UWP) that killed any willingness to keep targeting the platform.

Eventually people get fed up to re-write their apps to the same OS, specially if the market share is measured in a single digit.
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Windows Phone 8.1
By yerverluvinunclebert on 2017-07-12 20:50:34
> It's still kind of sad because Windows Phone was pretty good actually

Agreed, Windows phone 8.1 was the only part of the new Windows experience that didn't jar. Really like our Lumia 520, it does the job and it feels like a solid phone.

It doesn't feel like Windows though - and that was good - for a phone.
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Windows phones rock
By The Lone OSer on 2017-07-13 01:12:51
I started with a Nokia 710, then went to a Nokia 520 and now own a Microsoft 640XL.. I've tried owning some Android devices in between but quite frankly they are terribly overrated with inconsistent user interfaces that never feel like a complete experience. Windows 10 Phones are FANTASTIC IMHO, I just wish more developers would get on board.
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RE: Doesn't matter much
By The Lone OSer on 2017-07-13 01:13:45
No, no they won't... You obviously speak as someone who does not own a Windows Phone?...
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RE[2]: Doesn't matter much
By Soulbender on 2017-07-13 07:10:35
In fairness, hardly anyone knows anyone who owns a Windows Phone.
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