Microsoft is turning off push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0
Microsoft has announced that it is ending the push notification service on Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 starting February 20th, 2018. The company says that since both of those platforms have reached the end of their support, these services are now able to be discontinued.
Turning off push notifications means that devices running Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 will no longer receive notifications, live tiles will no longer update, and the “find my phone” feature will no longer function. Those still using Windows Phone 7.5 or Windows Phone 8.0 will likely want to switch to something newer.
Windows Phone code was written in C++ back in 2010 and was used by the New York City Police Department until the decision was to migrate over to the iPhone. That was a contract worth millions since there are over 45,000 uniformed police officers as well as departmental.
Microsoft says 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 those platforms as well, it is likely Microsoft will also turn off push notifications there too.
The latest version Windows 10 Mobile Sales have decreased rapidly since its release to the point of Windows 10 Mobile being considered irrelevant in the mobile operating system landscape.
For software developers this is something similar to the Google Eye Glass program where it was well meant as a starting package but rapidly fell apart thus ending the program. With Windows 10 Mobile no one is quite sure what to make of the future so the best bet is to continue developing for universal windows to be on the safe side.