Microsoft sets death date for Windows 10 Mobile - Mobility

Jan 22, 2019, 00:25
Microsoft sets death date for Windows 10 Mobile - Mobility

Microsoft said that on December 10, 2019, it will stop sending "new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or technical content updates from Microsoft for free".

Microsoft says support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will as well be discontinued on January 14, 2020.

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The company noted that Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 will be the last update rolled out to Windows Phone users, and using Windows Phone will be unsafe as Microsoft will no longer be monitoring vulnerabilities and providing support. In other words, no new patches.

In the section "What should Windows 10 Mobile customers do now" the FAQ page states that "With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device".

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The good news, if there is any, is that Windows Mobile market share was always tiny to begin with, and now is largely infinitesimal: 0.10 per cent, according to NetMarketShare. It's even worse if you own a Microsoft Lumia or Lumia XL: 11 June 2019 will be the last date those devices are supported.

Arguably one of the most comfortable systems that have been there to use, Windows 7 was first released in October 2009, coming in after Vista, and has been around for a close to over 9 years.

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Microsoft's late attempt to get into the mobile space was the Windows Mobile operating system. At a media event reported by Business Insider (via OnMSFT), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company wants to position Cortana as a skill for Alexa and Google Assistant, opening up valuable integrations for Office 365 subscribers. 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). Rather than competing directly with Apple and Google in the smartphone space, Microsoft has shifted to providing its services as apps across its former competitors.