[Update: The End] Microsoft will end all Windows 10 Mobile support in December
It’s practically ancient history at this point, but the XDA-Developers was originally a Windows Mobile-focused website. Even the name “XDA” comes from the O2 Xda, a Windows Mobile PDA. That’s why from time to time we like to cover news from the other realm. The tile-based operating system never really made it to the mainstream. The lack of applications, even from companies like Facebook, made using their devices a pain. For better or worse, Microsoft has acknowledged their defeat in the mobile OS war a long time ago. They’ve been releasing Microsoft applications for both Android and iOS for the past couple of years, and have shifted all their mobile attention towards promoting their services. It’s been more than a year since the company announced the end of life for Windows Phone 8.1. Now, they’re letting us know that Windows 10 Mobile will soon follow its predecessor.
The Verge noticed the addition of an end-of-support date for Windows 10 Mobile in an official online document. Microsoft states that only devices eligible for version 1709 of the system will receive security patch support until December of 2019. For version 1703 (which runs on Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL), support will end on June 11th, 2019. Neither of those two versions has received a major functional update in some time, nor has Microsoft released new Windows Mobile-powered hardware. If, for whatever reason, you still want to hold on to your old phone, then consider unlocking its bootloader. You can do so for any Lumia and non-Lumia Windows Phone device.
Officially, Microsoft recommends its users move to Android or iOS devices, for obvious reasons. If you are a die-hard fan of Microsoft, or just want to use some of their apps, you can do that on both of those platforms. Microsoft even has a launcher for Android which integrates with Windows 10 and Cortana for cross-platform multi-tasking. What we’ve been expecting for a long time has finally happened, and none of us should pretend to be surprised. Focusing their development effort on other segments, like cross-platform apps, has shown far better results for Microsoft, anyway.
Update: Support for Windows 10 Mobile has ended
Microsoft’s support for Windows 10 Mobile has finally ended, as the last date for support was December 10, 2019.
Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 (released October 2017) is the last release of Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft will end support on December 10, 2019. The end of support date applies to all Windows 10 Mobile products, including Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise. Users will no longer be eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft for free.
If you are still holding on to a Windows 10 Mobile device, it’s finally time to move on.