Just a few days after announcing it would stop supporting Windows 7 soon, Microsoft is sounding the death knell for another of its products: Windows 10 Mobile. Starting December 10, 2019 your devices will no longer be able to receive security or software updates on the OS, and Microsoft will no longer provide support should issues arise. It’ll provide a bit of extra time for backups and such after that date, but Windows Mobile is basically dead.
Of course, this was expected. Microsoft stopped working on Windows 10 Mobile back in 2017, and the company has instead focused on providing a series of tools for iOS and especially Android. It’s already built a mobile version of Edge, an Android launcher, Windows Timeline integration, Cortana, and more for team Android. Given the company’s recent embrace of Linux, open-source and third-party software in general, it’s at least on brand.
In case you’re still thinking Microsoft will make a major mobile comeback though, the company itself recommends users “move to a supported Android or iOS device.” 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.
For more specifics on the end of Windows 10 Mobile, check out Microsoft’s FAQ here.
Via The Verge
Published January 18, 2019 — 18:57 UTC