After less than a year of being on the market, we now know the end of life timeline for Windows Phone 8. Microsoft has just unveiled the support cycle date for its current mobile operating systems. Windows Phone 7.8 and 8 are both set to expire in 2014.
Microsoft has unveiled its plan to end support for Windows Phone 8 in July of 2014, and Windows Phone 7.8 will see its support end later that year in September. This puts both products on an 18 month life-cycle from the time they started appearing on devices.
Microsoft has made no promise of updates to the next version of Windows Phone for existing hardware either which has sparked some backlash towards the Redmond based company. While no official successor has been announced, a safe bet would be that a mobile version of Windows Blue will replace Windows Phone 8 and we could see an official release by this coming holiday season.