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Microsoft to Support Windows Phone Builds for 18 Months

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Mar 18, 2013, 7:22 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Microsoft has revealed through consumer-facing web site that it will support current versions of Windows Phone for a period of 18 months. Support, as defined by Microsoft, applies mainly to security updates for each platform variant. According to Microsoft, Windows Phone 8 will receive updates between December 12, 2012 and July 8, 2014, while Windows Phone 7.8 (which arrived after WP8) will receive updates between February 9, 2013 and September 9, 2014. Earlier versions of Windows Phone (7.0, 7.1, 7.5) are no longer being support with security updates. Microsoft cautions that even this level of support for its smartphone platforms will vary by country, manufacturer, device, and carrier.

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Mar 20, 2013, 8:36 AM

At least they're honest?

They're not going to support your phone for the life of the contract. So...why would anyone with a brain buy one?

Mar 18, 2013, 11:41 AM

Good Plan

Unfortunately, carriers and OEMs will botch this plan. Except Nokia, maybe. But, if MS decides to make their Surface phone, that may be an issue.
Your quite the follower of Microsoft news, huh?
How would carriers botch this? I thought Windows Phone updated similarly to iPhones, where Microsoft (or the OEMs) can push the update to all applicable devices at the same time, regardless of the network they're running on....?

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