Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7.8 mainstream support ends Sep 9

Back in June 2012, as it gave the world its first official glimpse of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7.8. It was meant as something of an olive branch for users who had purchased WP7.5 devices, who had been told that same day that their phones would not be upgraded to the newest version of the OS.

Since it released 7.8, owners of older-generation Windows Phones have seen little in the way of further improvements to the operating system. Many of those users will, by now, have updated to newer devices, but for those still holding on to their WP7.8 handsets, Microsoft has confirmed that it will end mainstream support for the OS in two months’ time.

Alongside confirmation that mainstream support for Windows 7 ends in January 2015, Microsoft reminded its users that September 9 2014 is the cut-off date for Windows Phone 7.8. After that, there will be no further additions or enhancements to the OS – although most of those users still using 7.8 will already have become accustomed to that reality over the last couple of years.

Microsoft will still continue to issue free security updates to the OS, however, for the next five years, so any users still hanging on will at least get that peace of mind. 

Source: Microsoft via WPCentral | image via Nokia

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Oh how I lusted after the original WP7 phones, but I held out for the Lumia 900. You may recall that the launch ad campaign mocked owners of all other smartphones as beta testers. In a twist of tragic irony, Microsoft announced only a couple months after I got my Lumia 900 that there would be no upgrade path. It was an awesome phone and it still serves me well, but the lack of new apps is the biggest drawback. You try explaining to a 4-year-old why the game he found in the Windows Phone Store can't be installed because my phone operating system isn't supported (at one time, there were separate stores for 7.x and 8.x, so I couldn't see what I was missing - no more)! My 900 is still perfectly functional, so I'm just going to keep using it until a 1020 successor comes out. Hopefully the unannounced McLaren model folks are talking about will be a true blows-the-pants-off-every-other-phone's-camera superphone. I'd love to boldly go where no parent has gone before and ditch all of the stand-alone cameras to go phone-only.

I used to rock a Lumia 800 until not too long ago. Mainstream support ended the day WP 7.8 came out.

My main phone is still an original Samsung Focus... Canada doesn't seem to get the upgrades I want and I don't really want to pay full price for a phone as much as I do want to upgrade to 8.1

I'm still using my launch day HD7 with 7.8, and Find My Phone works just fine. It's still remarkably good considering it will be 4 years old come October. The end of mainstream support means nothing since there haven't been any updates for over a year anyway. Hopefully at some point this year there will be a WP8.1 device worth buying on T-Mobile.

D. FiB3R said,
Anybody here still rocking 7.8?

Does Find My Phone still work for you?

I'm still using my Samsung Focus with 7.8. Everything still works.

D. FiB3R said,
Anybody here still rocking 7.8?

Does Find My Phone still work for you?


Still on Omnia 7. I just can't waste money on a new phone knowing that this one is still works smooth as usual and durability is proven by time (and some rough slaps against various surfaces and corners). so until it finally gets broken or internal memory hits overwrite limits noticeably slowing down performance, I see no reason to leave it behind. And surprisingly, some apps still get updates.

Strange. Had two Lumia 800's here (me and the gf), and Find My Phone doesn't/didn't work on either of them. Which ####ing sucked when I lost mine :(

D. FiB3R said,
Strange. Had two Lumia 800's here (me and the gf), and Find My Phone doesn't/didn't work on either of them. Which ####ing sucked when I lost mine :(
Just got into settings and it gave me promt to set up find my phone feature even though it was already working (last time I visited windowsphone.com it accurately showed recent location). This is probably because I used backup few months ago after messing up with accent colors and device relocked itself. Anyway just tried WP site and it still shows my current location accurately.

hin123 said,
There hasn't been any support after 7.8 was out...

That is, if you call 7.8 as "support". A couple of new colors, the new tile sizes and one other thing I can't remember were the only new "features".

I'm still sore about it. But my 920 and SP3 have eased the sting -- a bit...

elenarie said,
If only hardware was available for free.

If you could afford a Win 7 phone, there are much cheaper Win 8 models available today.

Kravex said,

If you could afford a Win 7 phone, there are much cheaper Win 8 models available today.

People's financial situation can change a lot since buying the Win7 phone. Even $50 makes a huge difference to a lot.

Dot Matrix said,
Anyone still on 7.8 should be getting their upgrades soon. Either way, 8.1 is a much better OS.

Playing on my Nokia 900 (7.8) and 520 (8.1) I prefer 7.8 UI / great simplification / fluidness. That's not to say I'm not liking 8.1 but prefer the older UI. This is independent of the hardware difference between the phones as well.

techbeck said,

People's financial situation can change a lot since buying the Win7 phone. Even $50 makes a huge difference to a lot.


I hear you, but if you can't afford to spend $50 on a 520, you probably shouldn't have a smartphone and the requisite data plan.