Microsoft to End Windows 10 Mobile OS Support in December

James Marshall
January 21, 2019

The company is officially recommending its Windows 10 Mobile users to move to Android and iOS. Will anyone miss Windows 10 Mobile? A less generous interpretation is that Nadella needs to support Microsoft's stratospheric share price by reducing R&D and other development expenses and slim-lining the company, thereby increasing profits even while revenue growth slows. The company continued to roll out security updates though.

The original end of support for Windows 10 Home 1809 and Windows 10 Pro 1809 was 14 April 2020; support for Windows 10 Enterprise 1809 and Windows 10 Education 1809 was to expire on 13 April 2021. Third parties or paid support programs may provide ongoing support, we're told, but these won't be publically provided updates. All mobile devices upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile version 1709 will receive updates until the end of support day. For this reason, now on 10th of December, 2019 and onwards, these gadgets will not be supported as well as their updates related to security will be terminated. Microsoft admitted back in October 2017 that it would stop developing new features and hardware for Windows 10 Mobile a couple months later. In a Microsoft support page titled “Windows 10 Mobile End of Support: FAQ” some questions are answered regarding the eventual drop of support for the Windows Phone platform.

Microsoft's Xbox division runs regular "idea drives" to gather feedback on various features and let the community vote on which changes are most important.

But as of now, it is clear that Windows 10 Mobile as a platform is dead.

The App Store may continue to work after end of support.

The company says separating the two tools should allow them "innovate independently" and better serve the people who gravitate toward either. Do you still use any of the Windows phones?

But, Microsoft couldn't keep up with the Android and iOS trends and eventually died out. And Office 365 users likely own Windows 10 or macOS computers; therefore they already own an operating system. Microsoft mentioned Lumia 640 and 640 XL phones as two that do not support the latest OS release and as such will lose support on June 11, 2019.

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