Microsoft to end all Windows 10 Mobile support in December

The Smartphones which are on Windows 10 Mobile version 1709 will be receiving security patches till 10th of December and Lumia 640 along with Lumia 640 XL on version 1703 will last until June 11 this year. Back in 2017 the company announced that it won't release new features and hardware anymore when it comes to the Windows Phone OS.

There was a time when Microsoft had a great idea or you can say plan to develop a great smartphone, especially when it renewed the operating system in 2010 and released Window Phone 7. The software giant has embraced Android as the mobile version of Windows, with an Android launcher and upcoming app mirroring support.

According to Apple Insider's report, Microsoft announced that it'll stop the Windows Phone 10 support around December 10.

The company added that device backups for settings and some apps will continue for three months until March 10th, 2020.

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Not all devices will be supported through the end date, either. Technology has evolved along with the needs and expectations of your customers and partners who have already adopted Android or iOS platforms and devices. The company is officially recommending its Windows 10 Mobile users to move to Android and iOS.

After December 10th, 2019, Windows 10 Mobile users won't receive any update regarding their Windows OS. Thus, if you have a Windows Mobile device, you could consider buying a new Android or iOS mobile device. Skype and WhatsApp had also withdrawn their services from phones run on Windows.

You can still use your Windows 10 Mobile device after official support ends but it's not recommended. In an other statement, Microsoft also made clear that their Virtual Assistant Cortana is no longer in direct competition with Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa.

After the end of support, Windows Phones will continue to work, but some features will eventually shut down. Both Android and iOS users can now use Office Suite seamlessly on their devices. You lived many lives, but it looks like you've finally been put down. Indeed, Microsoft is now looking to reposition Cortana even in its own products as the AI backbone across its services.

  • Delia Davidson