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Microsoft ends push notifications support for Windows 8, Windows 7 phones

Microsoft ends push notifications support for Windows 8, Windows 7 phones

However, Microsoft says that notification services will continue to function for Windows Phone 8.1, so if you are a user, you can breathe out a sigh of relief. However, it's likely those devices' days are numbered as well; in October, Microsoft announced it would stop developing new hardware and software features for Windows 10 Mobile. Nokia did go all-in on Windows Phone, but did so as it entered what turned out to be terminal decline. In a series of tweets, Joe Belfiore, the company's corporate vice president in the operating system group system clearly confirmed that no Windows Phone will be upgraded with new features. On Monday, Microsoft announced in a blog post that any phone running the older Windows Phone 7.5 or 8 operating systems will no longer receive push notifications.

Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 haven't been supported in some time, so it should come as no surprise that Microsoft is shutting down push notifications for the platforms. Microsoft first released devices with Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

"Once this happens: Your phone will no longer receive notifications".

If you're one of the few using the more recent Windows Phone 8.1, which dropped in 2014, Microsoft writes that everything will still work as usual "at this time".

It's worth noting that this decision makes the handsets totally useless, even the Android phones with Gingerbread has no such limitations. The news comes from Microsoft's Answers forum (via Windows Central).


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