Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7.5 and 8.0 phones

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Turning off push notifications means that devices running Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 will no longer receive notifications, live tiles will no longer update, and the "find my phone" feature will no longer function. However, Microsoft says that notification services will continue to function for Windows Phone 8.1, so if you are a user, you can breathe out a sigh of relief.

Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 were introduced in 2011 and 2012 respectively, but since then Microsoft has seen its market share in the mobile phone operating system market plummet - dropping to just 0.1% in the first quarter of 2017, according to analyst firm IDC.

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Microsoft previous year had announced that it will no longer provide any support for the existing Windows Phones in terms of software updates that contain any new features. The news comes from Microsoft's Answers forum (via Windows Central).

For those of you using newer Windows phones will not have to worry as it only affects the older phones.

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Starting tomorrow, February 20, Microsoft will discontinue notification services for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 (via The Verge).

The "Find my phone" feature will no longer locate your phone. Windows Phone 8.0 platform was the company's attempt to wrest a piece of the mobile pie away from rivals; iOS and Android.

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Windows Phone is practically dead and you might know that since Microsoft made a decision to stop supporting the platform and focus on other ventures. As to where Microsoft could take its mobile initiative next is not known to anyone, though the software giant is rumoured to have the new foldable mobile-type device in development.

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