Microsoft outlines end of support plans for Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft outlines end of support plans for Windows 10 Mobile


Microsoft acknowledged back in 2017 that it would no longer be developing Windows Phone. There will be no more product or security updates for the Windows 10 Mobile operating system.

While the American Corporation is advising all users of Windows 10 Mobile as soon as possible to move to other platforms, namely Android and iOS, which are supervised by Google and Apple respectively. Backup of some applications and settings of such mobiles will proceed till 10th of March, 2020 i.e. 3 months, after the removal of the provision by Microsoft till December.

The end of support applies to all the Microsoft and Lumia devices. That's why Microsoft has recommended that its users migrate to Android or iOS. The support for Windows 10 mobile ends December 10, 2019.

This means that the company will be issuing no future security updates, patches or system enhancements to Windows Phone 10 powered smartphones after the said date. Alongside the company is also building apps that would work across foldable as well as dual screen devices.

If you're a Windows 10 Mobile user now, Microsoft says you should switch ton an iOS or Android device to continue using Microsoft's mobile software and services.

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.

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The company has also stated that it will also be phasing out its built-in backup tool after the support ends.

Microsoft suggests that customers switch to devices running the Android or iOS operating systems (and use Microsoft apps on these devices).

Microsoft's strategy with Cortana is similar to its strategy on mobile in recent years.

Microsoft Office products are available on both iPhones and Android and thanks to its partnership with Samsung, numerous Galaxy smartphones have Office products pre-installed.

  • Terrell Bush