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Windows Phone, Which Was Already Dead, Gets Another Stake Through Its Corpse

March 22 2018, 05:47 | Alexander Lowe

Windows 7, 8 phone users will no longer receive push notifications. Here is why?

Windows Phone 7.5, 8.0: Microsoft just killed push notification services

Without notifications Windows Phone's "Find your phone" feature won't work and Live Tiles won't update. Devices on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 will no longer receive notifications.

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. Microsoft says other services for these versions will also be discontinued over time. Nokia did go all-in on Windows Phone, but did so as it entered what turned out to be terminal decline.

In October, Microsoft admitted that its Windows Phone line was pretty much totally dead after failing to attract app developers, and its market share plummeted from 0.8 per cent to 0.1 per cent by 2017.

For now Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile is OK, but it is surely just a question of time, as even Windows 10 Mobile has exited mainstream support in January this year. 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. As to where Microsoft could take its mobile initiative next is not known to anyone, though the software giant is rumoured to have the new foldable mobile-type device in development.

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