Microsoft to end support for Windows 10 Mobile in 2019

Marion JacobsJan 22, 2019

Anybody that still uses a smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile will surely be saddened by the news that Microsoft will end support for it in December of this year.

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".

What must really burn is their admit that Windows 10 Mobile is indeed as dead as the proverbial parrot, which has forced them to suggest that current users move to a different device as Microsoft will no longer even offer token support for that OS after the end of the year. "Microsoft's mission statement to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices", the company wrote in the support page late on Friday. When it was launched in 2015 with Windows 10, the plan for Cortana was for Windows users to become locked into an emerging AI ecosystem. Microsoft also acquired Nokia's mobile unit so that it could build Windows Phone products internally.

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The upgrade path from Windows 7 is, naturally, to Windows 10 - which isn't free. Cortana needs to be that skill for anybody who is a Microsoft 365 subscriber. 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).

The compatible versions are Morphisec Protector version 2.4.8 and Cisco AMP for Endpoints lower than version 6.2.1.0 or greater than version 6.2.3.10813 only, and Microsoft recommends users to install them before upgrading to the October update. Either way, the free upgrade window closed long ago.

The company is working hard to make sure that existing apps and services will run smoothly on Android and iOS devices as well. Unfortunately, using Windows 7 after support expires is playing with fire.

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