When a new app is released it’s usually only available for Windows Phone 8 devices. This has become very standard practice, and we can’t blame developers for doing so. Compared to its predecessor, WP8 is much easier to develop for. A lot of the new important apps that have launched this year exist simply because of Windows Phone 8. So what’s the problem?
Microsoft’s failed attempt to support Windows Phone 7 devices with the “7.8” software update has resulted in a small, but very vocal, contingent of angry users. With each new app that doesn’t support 7.8 they get more and more upset. We can’t really blame them for feeling left out, but it’s time to pay up or shut up.
Over a year ago I wrote a similar editorial titled “Current Windows Phone Users Need to Stop Complaining About 7.8.” In that editorial I argued that Microsoft was doing the same thing we see Apple do with every new release. The only problem is they flat-out told current users that they wouldn’t get features, instead of just letting them discover “hey I have iOS 6 on my iPhone 4, but no Siri!”
Of course the big difference is that an iPhone 4 doesn’t have Siri, but it can still run all the same apps as a current iPhone. The same can’t be said for Windows Phone 7.8 devices. They missed out on new features and now new apps. However, there is a big difference to note between these two situations, and it’s the reason why 7.8 users need to stop complaining.
A good Windows Phone 8 app takes advantage of several things that 7.8 can’t offer, such as fast resume, lockscreen notifications, and live wallpapers. For this reason it’s not as easy to simply make a Windows Phone app that runs on all versions of the OS. None of this is your fault, but it is your fault to still be using a 7.8 device.
Windows Phone 8 (and later 7.8) was announced on June 20th 2012. It has been almost 14 months since then. WP8 devices started becoming available on October 29th 2012. That’s a solid 9 (almost 10) months to upgrade. There has been plenty of time to join the Windows Phone 8 party, and if you’re contract isn’t up there are excellent low-end phones to pick up off contract on the cheap.
Look, I feel for you, I really do. It sucks to buy a device and then watch support end, or to not get what you were promised. Just as an Android user how that feels. But now that we’re approaching the 1 year anniversary of WP8 you really need to stop complaining and just upgrade your phone. You’re missing out on a new world of features and wonderful apps. Join us, you won’t regret it.