Microsoft announces through a notification on a support page that the days of the Windows 10 Mobile operating system are numbered. Support will end from December 10 later this year. From that moment on there will be no more updates.
Microsoft says on its support page that as of December 10, Windows 10 Mobile users will no longer be eligible for new security updates, hotfixes, or free support. The company says that third-party or paid support programs may still provide support after December 10, but Microsoft will no longer release public updates or patches after that.
The Redmond-based company advises users of the Windows mobile operating system to opt for an Android or iOS device. Microsoft says its own “mission statement,” which says the company wants to help every person or organization on the planet achieve more, pushes them to support the support of its own mobile apps on other platforms and devices.
Devices with Windows 10 Mobile will still work after December 10. Automatically or manually created backups of settings and of some apps will still be possible until March 10, 2020. Services such as uploaded photos and restoring a device from another device may continue to work until December 10, 2020, according to Microsoft.
It is not entirely unexpected that Microsoft is also ending support for Windows 10 Mobile. In 2017, the company also stopped supporting Windows Phone 8.1. The last version of Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709, dates back to October 2017. Only devices with this version will retain support until December 10.