Published: Sat, January 19, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Microsoft Announces End of Support for Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft Announces End of Support for Windows 10 Mobile

In a recent update on its lifecycle FAQ, Microsoft revealed that it'll end free support for all Windows 10 Mobile products including Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise on December 10, 2019. After that date, there will be no more free support, no more software updates, no more security patches, etc., for any Windows 10 phone. It'll provide a bit of extra time for backups and such after that date, but Windows Mobile is basically dead. There's still that mythical Surface Phone out there, but chances are that will be more of a Mini PC than a real competitor to Google and Apple.

The big picture: Windows 10 Mobile has been on life support for years and while we can't say that it's a surprise to see support winding down, it's an important development nevertheless.

"Microsoft's mission statement to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our mobile apps on those platforms and devices". This does not mean that after December 10th these devices will stop working, but they will not receive updates.

It seems as though Microsoft is now turning its attention to application support on iOS and Android, the latter of which is considered the company's go-to mobile OS. Nadella reportedly took this decision of joining hands with Google instead of launching a home-grown Cortana-based smart speaker because he thought that if Microsoft launched a Google Home and Amazon Echo rival, it would've been an "also-ran".

Microsoft's Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore tweeted; "We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs".

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"Would it be better off, for example, to make Cortana a valuable skill that someone who is using Alexa can call?"

This is not the first phase in Microsoft's mobile platform wind-down.

The messaging service said it would no longer run on any of Microsoft's smartphones using the Windows 8.1 operating system, or any of its earlier systems - which is estimated to be 76 per cent of Windows users.

'Thank you for choosing to use Messenger, ' the email reads. Settings backups will continue until March 10, 2020, along with backups for select apps.

Phones affected by the withdrawal include the Microsoft Lumia 640, 640 XL and the Lumia 535.

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