If you still own and/or use a Windows Phone 7.5 or Windows Phone 8.0 smartphone in 2018, you are living on extended time. Microsoft’s mobile platform is essentially dead and you must still be hanging on not for the functionality. Which means this bit of news may not worry you much. Microsoft is shutting down mobile push notifications for these two versions of their mobile OS.
But that isn’t all. In addition to your Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 smartphones no longer receiving notifications, they will also no longer receive live tiles updates, and the “find my phone” feature will not work on them anymore.
Here is the statement from Microsoft:
On February 20, 2018, Mobile Push Notification services will be turned off for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0. Once this happens: Your phone will no longer receive notifications. Your phone will not receive additional live tile updates. The “Find my phone” feature will no longer locate your phone. Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 have reached their end of support dates, and thus services for these versions of Windows will be discontinued over time.
The shutdown takes effect from today 20th February, 2018.
It seems odd that anyone would still be using a Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone today, but hey! Windows Phone OS isn’t receiving any updates anymore already and this new development simply means that Microsoft is telling users Bye-bye. It is time to move on from Windows Phone. If you own one of those, it is time to switch. You will be better off on Android OS or iOS, though you could opt to cross over to Windows 10 Mobile.
But Windows 10 Mobile Is On Its Way Out Too
Meanwhile, more apps keep ending support for Windows 10 Mobile, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS. The latest in line is Uber. The Windows 10 Mobile app stopped working on my Lumia 950 a while ago, and so it is no surprise that Uber has made an official statement that they are no longer developing for Windows 10 Mobile.
Microsoft themselves have pulled Insider updates. I hold on to my Lumia 950 because there are not many camera phones out there that match it till date. It takes awesome photographs, for an oldie.
So, are there any Windows Phone 7.5 users here on MobilityArena? What phone model are you using? Has the shutdown happened at your end yet, and how does it feel like to use a smartphone without push notifications? I am really intrigued about the possibility that anyone still uses one of those. Please talk to me in the comments section.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.