It's been awhile since Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 were in the spotlight, but some folks out there may still be relying on a WP7.5 or WP8.0 device to stay connected. Unfortunately, that's about to become more difficult.
Microsoft has confirmed that it's ending push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0. The push notifications services will be shut off tomorrow, February 20, 2018.
Once these services are switched off, Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 devices will no longer receive notifications. Live tile updates will stop coming in, too, and the "Find my phone" feature will no longer be able to locate your device.
Microsoft does say that push notifications on Windows Phone 8.1 devices will continue to work for now, and Windows 10 Mobile devices are unaffected.
While turning off notifications and live tiles won't render Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 devices completely useless, their functionality will be significantly hobbled. The news is disappointing for anyone still using a WP7.5 or WP8.0 device, but Microsoft likely feels that it can't keep these services going forever, especially since those devices were replaced by WP8.1 and W10M phones years ago.