After nearly two years of availability, Windows Phone 7.8 is about to hit the chopping block, at least as far as support from Microsoft goes. While it planned on ending this support on September 9th, Microsoft has decided (via) to extend this support a few weeks to October 14:
Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System on your phone, including security updates, for a period of 18 months after the lifecycle start date. Distribution of the updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone. Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities.
Many users have fond memories of the Nokia Lumia 710, the Lumia 800 and the Samsung Focus, among others (some of which required ROMs to update), so it’s always sad to see another generation of Windows Phone go up in smoke much like Windows Mobile did not so many years ago.
If you’ve upgraded to Windows Phone 8, do you still have and use your WP7.8 device? For those who haven’t upgraded, what device will be your next? Let us know in the comments!