End of windows 8.1 phones?

Joanna Estrada
July 12, 2017

Even though many are calling Microsoft's move to end support for Windows 8.1 Mobile the end of an era, we are not convinced yet that the firm has any plans to hang up its boots.

Is your device affected and what can you do?

Windows Phone 8.1 made its debut in the market back in April 2014.

Although this doesn't mark the end of Microsoft's mobile ambitions as Windows 10 Mobile is still hanging around, this only means that from now on, devices operating on WP8.1 won't get software updates or technical help, according to Engadget. Windows Phone 8.1 finally provided a truly complete answer to Android and iOS, but it was still a little bit behind and never got the sustained big-name app support that Microsoft had tried so hard to cultivate.

You can quickly enable, and override the current settings by checking the option you want and using the slider to set the amount of bandwidth your device is allowed to use in each month for downloads and uploads.

Support for this operating system from Microsoft seems to have dwindled, with few new features added in the latest Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update.

Microsoft's next fully owned phone is expected to stir a huge storm in the smartphone industry. After spending $7.2 billion to acquire Nokia's phone business, surely they saw some value in that acquisition.

11 July 2017, this date marks the day that Microsoft is officially killing support for Windows Phone.

Security firm Qualys has picked out one update in particular that it says is most critical for businesses: an exploit in the Windows Search Service affecting all now supported versions of Windows Server and Windows desktop operating systems that could lead to a remote attack carried out via the Server Message Block (CVE-2017-8589).

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