元器件交易网讯 7月11日消息，据外媒theregister报道，Windows Phone项目经理罗伯特·胡佛周三在一篇博客中写道，在2016年1月12日结束Windows Phone 8 手机市场。微软已经延长了Windows Phone 8的生存期，并承诺将于明年发布新功能更新包，意在为其苦苦挣扎的智能手机操作系统赢得更多的企业客户。
此前,微软曾表示，将于2014年7月8日停止提供支持和更新操作系统，这意味着此前出售的每个Windows Phone 8设备都今年过后都属于淘汰品了。
随着周三政策的变化，Windows Phone 8手机生命有效期翻了一番，从18个月延长至36个月。
不过，微软可以使用每一个优势，战胜iOS和Android获得主导地位。在智能手机市场，Windows Phone可能已经爬到了第三的位置，但根据Kantar Worldpanel ComTech公司最新的数据显示，截止到2013年5月的三个月中，微软仅占有美国智能手机销售市场4.6%的份额，另一大平台占有94.9%。
除了延长Windows Phone 8生命周期,胡佛说微软还将在2014年的上半年提供一个更新包,添加各种以企业为中心的功能平台。
根据胡佛称，微软仍然致力于Windows Phone生产，即使超越Android或iOS的机会微乎其微。（元器件交易网董蕾 译）
Microsoft extends Windows Phone 8 support through 2015
Microsoft has extended the support life cycle of Windows Phone 8, and has promised to ship a new feature-update pack next year, in a bid to win more enterprise customers for its struggling smartphone OS.
In a blog post on Wednesday, Windows Phone project manager Robert Hoover wrote that Redmond has decided to push the end-of-life date for Windows Phone 8 to January 12, 2016.
Previously, Microsoft had said it would stop providing support and updates for the OS on July 8, 2014, which meant that every Windows Phone 8 device sold today would be effectively obsolete one year from now.
With Wednesday"s policy change, the useful life of Windows Phone 8 handsets has been doubled from 18 months to 36 months.
That"s actually generous where the mobile industry is concerned. Back in 2011, Google tried to convince Android device makers to commit to providing updates for their products for 18 months, and while many signed on, the pledge proved to be mostly lip service.
Still, Microsoft can use every advantage it can get, given the overwhelming dominance of iOS and Android. Windows Phone may have crept into third place in the smartphone race, but according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Microsoft held onto just 4.6 per cent of US smartphone sales market share in the three months ending May 2013, compared to the 94.9 per cent pided between the Big Two platforms.
But just because Microsoft has promised to deliver Windows Phone 8 updates through 2016 doesn"t mean every customer will get them. Redmond says the updates will be incremental, meaning you"ll need to have installed earlier updates before you can install the new ones. Update availability may vary depending on country, region, and device capabilities. And phone makers and carriers still have the option of controlling distribution of Microsoft"s updates to their devices.
In addition to extending the Windows Phone 8 support lifecycle, Hoover said Microsoft will also provide an update pack in the first half of 2014 that adds various enterprise-centric features to the platform.
Among the capabilities provided by the update will be support for digitally signing and encrypting email with S/MIME, the ability for apps to automatically trigger VPN connections, support for Wi-Fi authentication with EAP-TLS, improved mobile device management policy options, and the ability to remotely manage user authentication certificates.
According to Hoover, the message for enterprises is that Microsoft remains committed to Windows Phone, even if its chances of overtaking Android or iOS seem slim.
"This gives business customers the confidence to invest in Windows Phone today, with the knowledge that their investments are secure, and the platform is evolving to be an even better choice for business," Hoover wrote.