Microsoft has revealed it is ending support for Windows Phone 8.1, the most popular version of its mobile operating system.
The confirmation on Microsoft’s support page this week is likely to come as shock to Windows Phone users given that 70 percent of Windows Phone devices run version 8.1.
Windows Phone 8.1 was originally released on 11 July 2014 and Microsoft was committed to providing support for three years. Now that time is up.
Windows Phone users are now urged to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile if they want to make sure their device is updated with the latest security fixes and patches.
However, Windows 10 Mobile is not compatible with all devices running Windows Phone 8.1.
Microsoft has said that users running Windows Phone 8.1 need to download a separate app – Upgrade Advisor – which will execute the software upgrade.
It is not known if Microsoft will now push out Windows 10 Mobile to all users or even what its future plans are the latest version of its mobile operating system.
There is nothing to suggest that Windows 10 Mobile may be around for the long term.
In tts last major update, Windows 10 Creators Update it received no notable new features.
There also hasn’t been a new Windows Phone in over a year, with Microsoft’s smartphone operation seemingly at a standstill.
There is however speculation Microsoft may launch a Surface Phone at some point in 2017, which will be in line with its range of Surface tablets and notebooks.