Microsoft outlines end of support plans for Windows 10 Mobile

Sheri Evans
January 21, 2019

As for Cortana, Microsoft has positioned the voice assistant not as a competitor to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but rather to compliment the platforms. Microsoft stopped developing features for the Mobile OS in 2017, but with this news, all updates come to an end, marking a final death to a once-promising mobile OS.

Just a couple months earlier, the NYPD swapped out over 36,000 Windows Phones for iPhones after it seemed likely that the Windows Mobile platform would be phased out eventually. Only device models that are eligible for Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 will be supported until that date.

More specifically, of course, Microsoft will slowly begin ending support for the Windows 10 Mobile platform over the next couple of years.

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

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Over the last 7 - 8 years, I've met several Windows phone users who absolutely loved their devices despite their shortcomings. In regards to app updates, Microsoft says app support may end at anytime, as it is up to the discretion of the developer building apps that still support Windows 10 Mobile.

But since Microsoft will be withdrawing all support, the features may stop working any time. As of now, Windows has not announced any progress with the project Andromeda or any substitute to the Windows mobile phone aside from opting for other devices.

In an attempt to hold a spot on mobile, Microsoft has bought the Windows 10 PC browser, Edge to Android and iOS.

Microsoft's FAQ floated the possibility that other software vendors could offer Windows 10 Mobile patch support. Device backups will be available through March 10, 2020. Both Android and iOS users can now use Office Suite seamlessly on their devices. Nadella has now indicated that Cortana's focus is all about Microsoft 365 (which is all-encompassing package that includes Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security). But AI and voice control is still an emerging technology and the ubiquity of Microsoft products in consumer and business worlds means there's plenty of scope for Cortana to be useful.

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