Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Microsoft to stop push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0

Microsoft to stop push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0

Microsoft announced that starting tomorrow, February 20, smartphone users running Windows Phone 7.5 or Windows Phone 8.0 will no longer have access to push notifications.

Notification services would continue to work on Windows Phone 8.1 "at this time", Microsoft added, while all functionality will continue to be regular for Windows 10 Mobile.

Turning off Mobile push notifications would mean that users on the older version of Windows Phone will no longer get any notifications for any messages or emails received apart from their Live Tile also not being updated regularly.

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The phone will not receive additional live tile updates.

Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 were released in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

The "Find my phone" feature will no longer locate your phone.

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As Microsoft previously announced, Windows Phone platform - no longer receive any upgrades. In 2013 Microsoft bought Nokia for US$7.2bn/€5.44bn, hoping that it could drive the market for handsets running its mobile OS and use the company's patent portfolio to both protect itself and stymie rivals.

Microsoft ended support for Windows Phone 8.1 in July past year but for now notification services will continue to work for it, as well as for phones on Windows 10 Mobile. Although bug fixes related to security would still be offered for some more time. Even corporate vice president for Windows Joe Belfiore said that he had switched to Android. Instead of Windows Phone, Microsoft will now focus on Android and iOS apps.

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