With the last report we suggested that do the Microsoft will abandon its older mobile OS versions or not, I believe the answer is here with us today: the company today shared (via The Verge) the support dates for its latest mobile operating systems. The company earlier decided to offer Windows Phone 7.8 to existing Windows Phone 7 users, instead of a Windows Phone 8 upgrade.
The company today confirmed the support dates until 2014, means Windows Phone 8 will be supported with security and other updates, until July 8th, while the company will support Windows 7.8 until September 9th. Concluding for the story, the software giant will support both operating systems for 18 months period after they originally begin to be a part on devices.
Here is what Microsoft shared about the operating systems in its Product Lifecycle Search:
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.