Microsoft, in their official Support Page confirmed the release date of Windows Phone 8.1 support which will be on June 24.
Microsoft also said that updates for the Operating System, including security updates (for a minimum of 36 months) will be available after the lifecycle start date.
?These updates will be incremental, with each update built on the update that preceded it. Customers need to install each update in order to remain supported,? Microsoft said.
However, the company said that the distribution of these incremental updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which a user purchased his/her phone, ?and installation will require that your phone has ?any prior updates. Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities.? Also, the announcement includes the end date of the support for Windows Phone 8.1 which will be on July 11, 2017.
It could be remembered that Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 at the BUILD 2014 conference and released Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview last April.
?Windows Phone 8.1 is jam-packed with all sorts of cool new features and improvements that we think you’ll love,? Microsoft said.
Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to deliver six (6) great features like Cortana (the most personal smartphone assistant), ability to personalize your own phone, best camera for video and taking pictures, the ability to connect to different devices, cool Apps + Games, and the efficiency to help you do more.
Cortana, the personal smartphone assistant promises to help users make calls, send texts, take notes, and more like setting the reminders and alarms and keeping track of things a user is interested most (example news, weather, or traffic). The personal assistant, Cortana, which is powered by Bing will look out for you, provide proactive, useful recommendations. However, this is available in the US markets only for now.
Moreover, Microsoft also announced the end support date for Windows Phone 7.8 which will be September 9, 2014 while end support date for Windows Phone 8 is still unknown.
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