Microsoft ended all support to Windows Phone 8.1 and millions of other devices operated through windows, marking an end to its challenging three-year journey.

According to a report in the Verge on Tuesday, nearly 80 percent of all Windows-powered phones are still running Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, or Windows Phone 8.1.

“All of these handsets are now officially unsupported, and only 20 percent of all Windows phones are running the latest Windows 10 Mobile OS,” the report noted.

Windows phone faced a tough competition from Android and iOs from the beginning. The Microsoft-supported OS was striving hard to fetch any noteworthy space from the two already existing operating systems. When Windows Phone 8.1 update was announced, it was seen as the company’s biggest effort to compete with the Android and iOS, but it did not turn out successful.
Rumors are also circulating in tech circles that Microsoft is having new Windows 10 mobile handsets in the works. It already has a mobile extension of Microsoft’s desktop OS and successor to Windows Phone 8.1 still kicking.

“While Microsoft still supports Windows 10 Mobile, it’s not clear what that support will include in the future. Microsoft is adding a number of features to the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for PCs, but the company has not extended these to the mobile version in testing,” the report said.

 

Credits : IANS, San-francisco & Verge

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