Washington-based technology company, Microsoft is putting an end on support for mobile push notifications on its Windows Phone 7 and 8 software from February 20th. Gadgets contain Windows 7.5 and 8.0 will no longer receive notifications. However, the company will also lose the useful live tile updates that displayed information at a glance, and users will not be able to locate devices with the “find my phone” feature. Those phones were initially released to the public in 2011 and 2012.
It’s a challenge for the Windows Phone to prove their stability without push notification feature in the market. Earlier in the month of October, Microsoft announced that it would stop developing and launching new features or hardware for Windows 10 devices. According to International Data Corporation, before Microsoft admitted it, the mobile operating system had pretty much been dead for a year, as it showed dismal market share numbers through 2016 and dropped to a mere 0.1 percent of the market by Q1 of 2017.
Apart from this, the Microsoft officially made an announcement by stating, “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.” During this process, Microsoft also mentioned that Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile users will not be affected by this change, as push notifications for those platforms will remain on for the time being. However, once support comes to an end for all these platforms as well, it is likely the technology company will also turn off push notifications there too.