Microsoft to End Support for Windows Phone 8 in June 2014
On its website, Microsoft has revealed that it will stop supporting Windows Phone 8 on July 14, 2014, and it will stop supporting Windows Phone 7.8 on September 9, 2014.
Although some applaud Microsoft's transparency in revealing the end-of-life dates, some worry that ending support for its mobile OSes 18 months after their release could lead to headaches for the mobile development industry. TechCrunch's Darrell Etherington writes, "In the mobile game, end of OS software support can look an awful lot like a death sentence, especially for developers who don’t want to deal with the added headache of serving up different versions of apps for a fragmented market."
Microsoft hasn't yet said when it will release an update its mobile operating system, but rumors suggest it could arrive in time for this year's holiday season.