Microsoft will end its support service for Windows 10 Mobile devices in December 2019, say reports. Earlier in 2017, Microsoft shared that it will no longer develop new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile devices, while security and software updates will continue. But after the recent announcement, Microsoft has made it clear that it will cease the security updates on December 10th, 2019, and devices will be unsupported after this date.
“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,” reads a Microsoft support note that was updated this week.
If reports are to be considered, Microsoft is now indicating Windows 10 Mobile users to switch to iOS or Android devices. An FAQ on Windows 10 Mobile end of life mentioned Microsoft saying that they will recommend Windows 10 Mobile users to switch to Android or iOS.
There have been reports that after Microsoft discontinues its support service for Windows 10 Mobile devices in December, device backups for settings and few exempted apps will continue for three months until March 10th, 2020.
Microsoft said, “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.”
Microsoft ending Windows 10 Mobile support is not much of a surprise as the firm previously ended Windows Phone 8.1 support on July 11th, 2017. At present, Microsoft is focusing more on developing apps and services for iOS and Android devices. The tech giant has taken Android as the mobile version of Windows, with an Android launcher and upcoming app mirroring support.
Users who are still using Windows 10 devices will have to either move to ios devices or hold on with Android smartphones for their basic needs.