Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 Support Slated To End July 2014, No Roadmap Beyond That

A wise person once said that all good things must eventually arrive at an end, and Microsoft has typically been fairly proactive about giving its user base a heads-up as to when support would end for its products. There's generally an amount of buzz surrounding the expiration of support on a Windows OS, but now that Windows Phone is around, the company has yet another operating system to keep in mind when it comes to long-term support planning.

Recently, the company made clear that Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 support will cease in July of 2014, giving it around 18 months of support. Specifically, WP 7.5 will see support end on September 9, 2014, while WP8 will see support end on July 8, 2014.

No real surprises here -- that's a pretty long while for a mobile OS to last, but it's also a stark reminder of how fleeting even modern technology is. What you're buying as "new" today won't even be eligible for support by the end of next year. So, any rumors of Windows Phone 9?