Windows Phone 7.8 mainstream support ends September 9

Microsoft has posted a reminder that Windows Phone 7.8 will lose its mainstream support on September 9 as part of a recently updated list of its software products that will see either their mainstream or extended support end in the next six months.

That means that after September 9, phones that have Windows Phone 7.8 won't be getting any more new operating system features or major performance improvements. However, those same phones will still receive free security updates for the next five years. Most people will likely purchase an all new phone with Windows Phone 8.1 installed rather than continuing to use their old device for the next five years.

The same list also shows that Windows 7, which is currently the most installed OS on PCs, will lose its own mainstream support on January 13, 2015. Extended support will end for that operating system on January 13, 2020.

Are you still using a Windows Phone 7.8 device and do you plan to trade up to a new Windows Phone 8.1 product in the near future?

Source: Microsoft via ZDNet

John Callaham