Microsoft announced that they are ending mobile push notification services on older Windows Phone devices running on 7.5 and 8.0 operating systems starting tomorrow, February 20, 2018. The reason being these platforms “have reached the end of their support dates”, and thus services are now being discontinued over time.
According to the post, smartphones running on the Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 will no longer receive notifications, as well as additional live tiles updates. The “find my phone feature” will also no longer function. Users under these platforms might want to consider installing Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile (if it’s available) or completely switch to newer phones.
“On February 20, 2018, Mobile Push Notification services will be turned off for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0. Once this happens:
- Your phone will no longer receive notifications.
- Your phone will not receive additional live tile updates.
- The “Find my phone” feature will no longer locate your phone.
Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 have reached their end of support dates, and thus services for these versions of Windows will be discontinued over time.”
Users of Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile will not be affected by this process, and services mentioned should still continue working on these platforms for the time being. Microsoft, however, will also more likely to shut down these services for the newer Windows Phone versions in the future.
This seems a very unfair decision for the fact that even older iOS and Android devices still have this feature working despite them being considered dated or obsolete.
“This is an unfortunate step,” Christopher Miller, a community moderator on the forum, commented on the post.
“Android and iOS phones are typically supported for only a couple of years, and will stop receiving updates [but] their push notifications will continue to work.” he continued.
“This wasn’t a technical decision, it was a business decision. While numbers of Windows Phone users have dropped to be almost out of the picture, it doesn’t send a good message to the remaining users.”
via Windows Central