Many of you might already be enjoying Windows Phone 8.1 on their phones, but the OS doesn’t go official for over another month. Microsoft will officially be rolling out the latest OS starting 24th June, which would coincide with the launch of the upcoming Lumia 930.
Also, the company will be supporting the new OS for a period of 36 months, or 3 years. That means, new phones built for Windows Phone 8.1 should receive security patches and updates well into 2017.
“Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System, including security updates, for a minimum of 36 months 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. The distribution of these incremental updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone, and installation will require that your phone have any prior updates. Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities.”
It’s good to see Microsoft taking control of things and supporting the new OS for such a long period. Android folks aren’t that lucky in this regard usually, and the low end- mid range phones are lucky even to get the next major OS update.