Windows 10 Mobile updates ending in December, Microsoft suggests switching to iPhone or Android

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Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile oh how we loved thee. It wasn’t that long ago that Windows 10 Mobile was alive and kicking. It’s even more recent that Windows 10 Mobile was barely hanging on to a lifeline. Now, Microsoft has all but thrown the earth over the casket of the Windows Phone ecosystem. The company has announced that the operating system will cease getting updated come this December.

This includes security updates and not just core OS updates, so Microsoft is preparing the “body” for burial. The last full release of the operating system was Windows 10 Mobile version 1709 in October 2017. Windows Phone was an interesting venture. Many people loved the user interface and hardware but Microsoft had a hell of a time getting developers to create apps for the platform. It’s widely believed that the lack of app development is what hurt Microsoft’s mobile OS the most.

Microsoft is now suggesting that users switch to using iPhone or Android. After support is ended, users will only have backups for settings and some apps until March 10, 2020. Some other services and apps may continue to work up to 12-months after the updates end but there is no guarantee.

“With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device,” explains a FAQ on Windows 10 Mobile end of life. After Microsoft pulls support in December, device backups for settings and some apps will continue for three months until March 10th, 2020. Microsoft notes “some services including photo uploads and restoring a device from an existing device backup may continue to work for up to another 12 months from the end of support.”

Many predicted this day would come and many Windows Phone lovers refused to give up hope that the OS would rise again.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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