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Windows Phone 8.1 lifecycle support starts June 24th

Windows Phone 8.1

We still don’t have an exact date for when regular consumers will begin to receive Windows Phone 8.1 through their OTA update. Folks will be able to get it on devices like the Lumia 630 and Lumia 930 this month. We do know that companies like Nokia, now Microsoft, have said that devices will see the update rollout throughout the summer. That said, Microsoft has just shared the lifecycle date for Windows Phone 8.1.

June 24. That’s when Microsoft has designated as the start of the lifecycle for Windows Phone 8.1. The lifecycle is the period of time for which Microsoft will provide product support.

With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has promised 36 months of updates and security fixes. Microsoft has listed July 11, 2017 as the date for which mainstream support will end for Windows Phone 8.1.

Mainstream support for Windows Phone 7.8 is listed to end on September 9, 2014. Just a few short months from now. While Windows Phone 8 doesn’t have a date listed for their mainstream support end.

You’ll remember that Microsoft increased support for Windows Phone 8 to 36 months while Windows Phone 7.x had 18 months of support.

Again, June 24th is not the release date for Windows Phone 8.1, but the lifecycle start. That’s pretty interesting.

Source: Microsoft Via: WindowsPhoneApps.es

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Windows Phone 8.1 lifecycle support starts June 24th

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There is no such thing as a preview. The preview for developers update is the same update as you would get with your carrier.

Not the same. There are small bug fixes between now and then. But yeah, no functionality is changed so you may not see major differences. Also the firmware is missing right now.

It is the case actually, Joe basically said there will always be bug fixes and peformance improvements coming so nothing is ever "final", and that it's also important for OEMs to deploy their firmware updates for each device to make the experience complete. So you won't be getting much new features if at all between now and official availability on new devices, though few bugs will be fixed (as in the case of any operating system throughout its lifecycle).

Isn't it obvious that you wont' get more features (Cortana being the exception outside of US once it rolls out)? The main concern with WP8.1 DP was not the lack of features but stability issues. Also individual apps which were system apps before (like Xbox Music) will get updates and improvements.

That's the whole arguement between preview and final build wasn't about features.

No, it is not. Belfiore maid clear that the Developer Preview isn't the final Windows Phone 8.1 RTM you will get from your OEM.

no it is not. Different lock screens Joe demoed at the event had 3differerent types of lock screen. We don't have any of that in the preview buid. I'm sure there are few more features that we don't have in this build that will be in the final build when all of us get the official update.

That's an app... Made by Rudy Huyn in collaboration with Microsoft. It will be released as an app when 8.1 comes out. It isn't an addition to the OS that still needs to be added. They said that at Build and Joe tweeted as much after.

Nope, Microsoft already stated that 8.1 Official Release has features that aren't in the Developer Preview. So no, there DP isn't final.

FYI - THE DEVELOPER PREVIEW IS NOT THE RTM VERSION. THE DP IS JUST A PREVIEW. BUT DONT EXPECT DRASTIC OS CHANGES IN THE RTM EXCEPT FOR LOCK SCREEN DESIGNS.

Actually, the firmware for 630 would've been the first one made. That's why it would get the full wp8.1 with firmware much before the OTA update.
That's why older phones get it a little late, they first get the firmware right for the newly releasing phones, then update the firmware for the older phones. Man hours, they're limited..

Lumia Cyan is not final 8.1.
Cyan is Nokia's final release of 8.1 with all of their tweaks.
Final 8.1 alone is what Samsung and HTC devices get.

Ill get goldfinger when it arrives after my good experience with 720 though few bugs I faced but obviously much much much lesser than droid shit

WP 7.8 and 8.0 aren't all that much different anyway. I do prefer my 1020's camera to that of my old Quantum, but otherwise there ain't that much different from the user's perspective.

Smoke will start coming out of it and if you don't get rid of it within ten seconds.... Well let's just ain't you do. It's much better that way. Trust me.

I high end devices like 1520,1020,925 will get on that date. Rest 920 and rest of low range devices will get few weeks later

Can I have whatever you're smoking, since I'm actually disagreeing with someone else saying that 920 was a low end device as in I don't consider 920 to be a low end device.

Dost though comprehend?

I say, order would be 1520, 1020, 920, 925, 520, 720, 820... And months later for 620. At least this would be for India, where carriers aren't a problem.

"Mainstream support for Windows Phone 7.8 is listed to end on September 9, 2014."

I guess it's safe to say real support for WP7.8 has ended quite some time ago.

Uh yeah and my HTC Titan II on At&t never got past 7.5... Seems like anything HTC is obsolete the moment of its release..

That's just silly. It is actually fast easier to manage games from the all apps screen. This simply makes it more like Windows. If you really can't be bothered with the games hub then just use Kids Corner and pub gamers there.

It's up to the user to me android, iPhones and Nokia's are pretty much the same they all smartphones but one difference that Nokia is the "posh one" ;-)

I think they won't release it till there is no support for it... Which means that it won't start to roll out before June 24th. So if I count the same date differency (cause of the carrier) as with black update was, I'll get cyan update at the end of the year... "nice" :d

Turn off location. Reset your phone be warned you will lose all your files. I had the same problem with my Lumia 1020,my battery life only last for 2 hours, it was the first update and I haven't reset my phone since then. Some people on the forum told me something its about the update. Now I got like 9 hours of battery life on heavy use.

Same here. With the 8.1 update the battery seems to last shorter. Its not just me then. With the Nokia recovery tool you can go back to windows phone 8.0. i just might do that and wait for the offical 8.1 update from Nokia. 

My battery was bad, but I had 2 google accounts that were stuck continuously syncing. I couldn't degree with out a hard reset. But battery I'd great now.

I can almost guarantee you this will work...

Ok, go to battery saver app... click on battery saver itself... and DO NOT let it run in the background. Now turn off your phone start it up again.

DONE :) lol dead ass man, I tried everything in the forums and nothing worked, I go and disable battery saver and BOOM all of a sudden I got my awesome battery times back.

People go to an extreme and disable cortana or location tasks but disabling battery saver in the background worked.

Soo pretty much the Icon is not gonna get the much need firmware updates till like July? Well knowing Verizon August? I'm about to revert back to WP8 from 8.1 because the Icon is a streaming pile of s**t with 8.1

It means any device running WP 8.1 will be capable of getting updates for WP 8.1 for 3 years, but you are still beholden to carriers unless you've gone the developer preview route. It does not mean you will get the next release of WP, however.

Its not ready for prime time, my phone over heats all the time now with 8.1 and also battery drains very fast now....and sometimes my phone freezes....using Nokia 925

My 925 has been solid with it. Aside from my Mic no longer working which resulted in me having to get a replacement.

I have had freezes and various issues. Volume bug is still present and had issues with calls. Unable to make conference calls and call waiting doesn't work. I guess noisy of these may be firmware issues.

It is a developer preview/enthusiast beta. Without the accompanying firmware you should expect some problems.

So basically WP8 support is until 2017 cause all wp8 can be upgraded to wp8.1 with dev preview if not by carrier/OEM. Nice, I had a reason to buy a new phone by 2015, now it had been entended to 2017. Oh well

How could be this late Vodafone Australia has confirmed that wp 8.1 update will come end of this month or start of next month....ms date 24 June confusing....

I am hoping that any documents that are downloaded to be available for sharing :-/

Each and every time I need to connect my 920 to a system to send the downloaded pdf as an email attachment :-(

Does this mean the WP 8.1 will be available after June 24th? :-/ I can't wait anymore... (and I don't wanna update to developer preview)

No, it could also be released before that date, support cycle for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows 8.1 also started some time after their releases.

I found the overheating is more app specific. Same with battery. Also, don't forget to close apps. Far more can be running now than before and I have to remind myself to go to the task manager and close things from time to time. Overall, not that much difference in battery life on my 920 than before. Also, use the action center to turn off Bluetooth Wi-Fi and location when not needed.

Likely means we won't see it till July.  Good job Microsoft.  Glad to see that rapid release cycle is working out for ya.

I just got a text telling me my Lumia 1020 will get the upgrade on Tuesday. Oh wait, that was just in my dream. Fuck I hate that...

  Considering that some OEMs don't support their devices for even a full year, three years is pretty damn impressive.

guys, i'm to get a lumia 1020 in about week's time, i've installed the preview for developers on 920, seems great, when the official one comes out, would we have to hard reset our phone then get update or will they make it just like another update to install for end users cause i mean it's a developer preview which really should be for developers testing stuff and the like but they've made it easier for all of us indeed. Just a question to know how to handle stuff in future.