Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows Phone 8.1

The reset password prompt on the lock screen

The reset password prompt on the lock screen

In the UK, eMarketer said Windows Phone use is expected to dip to 5.5% of the smartphone-owning population by 2019, down from a high of 7.2% in 2015, a phenomenon that could by fast-tracked by the lack of upcoming technical support and the wave of 'Windows Phone is dead' headlines.

"The end of support for the mobile OS also means that a vast number of handsets that the company managed to sell will be unsupported as well".

Late last night on 11 July 2017, Microsoft announced that it will be ending support for their Window Phone 8.1 mobile operating system.

Nokia still sells Lumia devices that run Windows Phone 10, but it appears that this will not be permanent.

Looking at what happened in the past few years, it should not come as a surprise that Micrososft Officially pulled the plug on their Windows 8.1 mobile OS. As for the market share, by the end of 2016, all Windows Phone operating systems combined had a market share of 0.3 percent. With steps like releasing more services and features for Android and iOS devices, it appears that Microsoft, for now, has accepted the rule of Android and iOS devices over the smartphone market.

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The latest Windows 10 Mobile OS constitutes only 20% of all Windows Phone devices. The update is available to smartphones running Windows 10, version 1703.

At this point, no specs are known of the mysterious Microsoft device.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella suggested earlier this year that the Microsoft still intends to make smartphones, 'though they may not look like the ones we're used to'.

This week marks another milestone for Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, with the first fix for a vulnerability affecting the mixed-reality headset HoloLens. Effective today, Microsoft is ceasing support for Windows Phone. There were several updates based on the Windows Phone 8.1 that improved the overall experience of users, UI changes, additional Bluetooth protocol support, LED notifications, higher resolution support, Cortana, Xbox Live music improvements and more.