Microsoft has ended today mainstream support for Windows Phone 8.1 which is the most popular version of its mobile operating system, forcing users to upgrade to Windows 10.
Those who are still using a smartphone powered by Windows Phone 8.1, it’s time to upgrade the operating system!
Windows Phone 8.1 is still by far the most popular version of the mobile operating system, with some 70 per cent of Windows Phone devices running the outdated software. Those who want to ensure their phone is updated with the latest security patches and features will now have to upgrade their phone to Windows 10 Mobile. Unfortunately, Windows 10 Mobile is not compatible with every smartphone capable of running Windows Phone 8.1.
Microsoft requires the majority of Windows Phone 8.1 users to install a separate app – dubbed Upgrade Advisor – in order to execute the software upgrade.
Rumours of a high-end smartphone built by Corporate VP for Surface Computing Panos Panay and the team behind the Surface Pro 4, Surface Book and Surface Studio are nothing new.Back in December 2015, it was reported that Microsoft had green-lit a Surface Phone for release in late 2016. Sources claimed Intel was heavily involved with the project and that it aimed to make a smartphone that bridged the gap between a phone and a mobile productivity device.
Many believe Microsoft still plans to launch its own smartphone. Microsoft has never formally acknowledged the existence of a Surface Phone, although it has made several hints.
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