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If you’re still rocking a handset running Windows Phone 7.5 or 8.0, it is important to note that Microsoft is blocking push notification support tomorrow. This is the final nail the company could put into the unsupported mobile platform’s coffin. It’s been a while since Windows Phone 8.0 received any security updates as the company has ended all support for the operating system.

As Microsoft previously announced, Windows Phone platform — no longer receive any upgrades. Windows Phone 8.0 platform was the company’s attempt to wrest a piece of the mobile pie away from rivals; iOS and Android.

Microsoft is making things worse for the users with Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 handsets. The company has today announced that Push Notifications support for these unsupported handsets will be turned off tomorrow.

Turning off Mobile push notifications would mean that users on the older version of Windows Phone will no longer get any notifications for any messages or emails received apart from their Live Tile also not being updated regularly.

The “Find My Phone” feature is also said to be non functional from the above date and users on the unsupported versions are advised to upgrade to newer version of Windows 10 Mobile to enjoy support for the push notifications and Live Tiles.

“On February 20, 2018, Mobile Push Notification services will be turned off for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0. Once this happens: Your phone will no longer receive notifications. Your phone will not receive additional live tile updates. The “Find my phone” feature will no longer locate your phone. Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 have reached their end of support dates, and thus services for these versions of Windows will be discontinued over time,” Microsoft explains.

It’s worth noting that this decision makes the handsets totally useless, even the Android phones with Gingerbread has no such limitations. Microsoft’s last and latest mobile operating system Windows 10 Mobile is still kicking, but the platform is already in maintenance mode, and the extended support for the operating system will come to an end in mid-2019.

While on the other hand, the company’s representatives have already confirmed that the platform will be no longer getting any features. As to where Microsoft could take its mobile initiative next is not known to anyone, though the software giant is rumoured to have the new foldable mobile-type device in development.

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