End of support for Windows 10 Mobile has been officially announced

Microsoft essentially admits defeat, looking to turn Cortana into a Google Assistant 'skill'

Microsoft essentially admits defeat, looking to turn Cortana into a Google Assistant 'skill'

Microsoft's Windows phone platform is dead and it's official now.

Devices that are on Windows 10 Mobile version 1709 will receive security support patches until December 10 while the Lumia 640 and 640 XL on version 1703 will only last through June 11. Back in 2017 the company announced that it won't release new features and hardware anymore when it comes to the Windows Phone OS. Windows 10 added support for Alexa and Cortana cooperation in August, and Microsoft added a full-fledged Alexa app to the operating system a few months later.

The end of support date applies to all Windows 10 Mobile products, including Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise.

'With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device, ' the company explained.

Why not! While Microsoft is ramping down the support for its mobile devices, it doesn't shut down the device itself.

Some functionality for Window 10 Mobile devices will begin to fade, too.

The company is ending support for the Windows 10 Mobile OS later this year on December 10.

However, with the company's recent focus on Windows as as service, a consumer version of Microsoft 365 could help shift users' mindsets away from the idea of buying a one-time license for its OS in favor of a subscription model similar to Office 365.




Even though Windows Phone and Windows Mobile were responsible for some neat styles sporting heavy contrast and some cheap devices, it failed to gain traction, partly because app developers just didn't make the jump.

Microsoft is planning to put its future mobile app development efforts behind the iOS and Android platforms, going forward.

Speaking to journalists at a media event earlier this week Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that Microsoft no longer sees Cortana as a competitor to Alexa or Google Assistant.

The Windows Device Recovery tool will remain available to provide recovery images for Windows 10 Mobile devices.

After the end of support, Windows Phones will continue to work, but some features will eventually shut down. Is it that one guy with the Windows Phone Forever tattoo?

Microsoft will stop issuing security updates to smartphones running Windows 10 Mobile on December 10, 2019. Later, Microsoft took over and continued the production of the Lumia from Nokia. Potentially, we could see some unique apps for both iOS and Android that Apple and Android developers haven't made yet.

Suffice it to say, if you're a Windows Phone user, you may want to consider switching to another device really soon.

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