RIP Windows 10 Mobile: Microsoft to finally kill off its phone software this year

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  • January 19, 2019
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Microsoft is finally killing off Windows 10 Mobile in December.

The internet giant updated its Windows 10 Mobile support page to reflect the fact that it’s no longer going to support the troubled operating system at the end of the year.

Now, it’s advising that users switch to an iPhone or Android phone.

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Microsoft started gutting its phone business last year, making thousands of job cuts and the decision to drop the company's mantra 'mobile-first, cloud-first'

Microsoft is finally killing off Windows 10 Mobile in December. The firm updated its support page to reflect the fact that it will no longer support the operating system at the end of 2019

It will officially stop supporting Windows 10 Mobile, previously referred to as Windows Phones, starting December 10th, 2019.

At that point, users will no longer receive ‘new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft for free.’

‘With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device,’ the company explained.

‘Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices.’

The last version of Windows Mobile 10 will be version 1709, which was released in October 2017.

Microsoft added that some features like photo uploads and ‘restoring a device from an existing device backup’ may continue to work up to one year after it ends support for Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft first signaled the end of Windows 10 mobile in 2017, when it said it would no longer be developing new features and hardware for it.

According to a series of tweets, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore revealed the system would just fix bugs and do security updates for existing users.

Microsoft's Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore tweeted; 'We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest'

Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore tweeted; ‘We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest’

'Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren't the focus', Belfiore tweeted

‘Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren’t the focus’, Belfiore tweeted

Earlier in 2017, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates revealed he is using an Android phone, although it does have ‘a lot of Microsoft software’. 

Microsoft started gutting its phone business last year, making thousands of job cuts.

It also decided to drop the company’s mantra ‘mobile-first, cloud-first’.

One key problem for the company was the lack of apps on the mobile platform.

Belfiore tweeted; ‘We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest’.

‘Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren’t the focus’.

In August Belfiore revealed he uses the Microsoft Edition of Samsung Galaxy S8 and switched to Android for better apps and hardware.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore shows off features of Windows Phone 8 in 2012. The tech giant has ended support for that version of the system

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore shows off features of Windows Phone 8 in 2012. The tech giant has ended support for that version of the system

It seems the company will focus more on multi-device and cloud-powered technologies that do not always involve Windows, writes The Verge.

In an attempt to hold a spot on mobile, Microsoft has bought the Windows 10 PC browser, Edge to Android and iOS.

The browser allows users to share websites, apps, photos and other information between phones and Windows PC.

Facebook’s hugely popular Messenger app was cut from a huge number of Windows phones in March this year.

The messaging service said it would no longer run on any of Microsoft’s smartphones using the Windows 8.1 operating system, or any of its earlier systems – which is estimated to be 76 per cent of Windows users.

Customers were informed of the change by an email from Facebook.

‘Thank you for choosing to use Messenger,’ the email reads.

At the end of last month, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates revealed he is using an Android phone, although it does have 'a lot of Microsoft software'

Back in 2017, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates revealed he is using an Android phone, although it does have ‘a lot of Microsoft software.’ It seemed to signal the end of Windows 10 Mobile

‘We regret to inform you that at the end of March, the app version you’re using is no longer supported and you can not send and receive messages.

‘To continue to send and receive messages from Facebook on your phone, update your Facebook app to the latest version.’

Phones affected by the withdrawal include the Microsoft Lumia 640, 640 XL and the Lumia 535.

Skype and WhatsApp had also withdrawn their services from phones run on Windows.

The operating system dipped to a 0.3 per cent of the market share by the end of Microsoft’s third financial quarter in 2016.

Critics have claimed that the apps available on Windows phones pale in comparison to their iOS and Android counterparts.

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