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Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 10 Mobile

Dave Parrack 19-01-2019

Microsoft is ending support for Windows 10 Mobile. Which means Windows 10 Mobile is deader than dead. It also means Microsoft’s foray into the mobile market is over. So much so that Microsoft is actively advising people to switch to Android or iOS.


Windows 10 Mobile has been a bust since it debuted in 2016. We dubbed its arrival a “tech launch failure This Is Why Windows 10 Mobile Was a Tech Launch Failure When you're a dedicated Windows Phone user these days, you may get the impression that Microsoft hates you. How else would you explain this recent Windows 10 Mobile launch? Can we even call it that? Read More ,” and things didn’t get any better from there. Now, three years on, Windows 10 Mobile is being put out of its misery, with Microsoft ending all support.

The End of Windows 10 Mobile

As indicated in this Microsoft support note, Microsoft’s support for Windows 10 Mobile will end on December 10, 2019. After this date there will be no “new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or online technical content updates”.

The “automatic or manual creation of new device backups for settings and some applications will continue for 3 months, ending March 10, 2020”. And “some services including photo uploads […] may continue to work for up to another 12 months”.

Microsoft makes it clear that your Windows 10 Mobile device will not simply stop working on December 10, 2019. However, because “there will be no updates after that date,” Microsoft is recommending “customers move to a supported Android or iOS device”.


Unlike Windows 7, which has been replaced by Windows 10, the end of Windows 10 Mobile signals the end of the line completely. Microsoft has ceded the market to Android and iOS, and is focusing on developing apps and services for the competition instead.

Choosing Between Android and iOS

This is a crying shame for Microsoft, but also for consumers who wanted more than a binary choice when it came to mobile operating systems. Unfortunately, Microsoft was too slow to realize that mobile was the future, and both Apple and Google filled that void.

Microsoft was never a major player in the mobile market. Windows Phone had its fans, but we said goodbye to Windows Phone MakeUseOf Says Goodbye To Windows Phone This is going to be a tearful goodbye, buddy, but it has to happen. MakeUseOf will soon be parting ways with Windows Phone. Read More in 2014. And everything that has happened since suggests we were right to do so, despite what commenters said at the time.

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    January 22, 2019 at 9:31 pm

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  2. likefunbutnot
    January 21, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Microsoft does seem to have anointed Android as a replacement to Windows Mobile. That may be because iOS is so closed and limited in its ability to deal with a file-centric workflow, but there are many points where Windows interoperates very well with both Google and Amazon, such as the Your Phone app and its ability to view SMSes and photos on a device.

    I also believe that Microsoft has lost the fight with Cortana. Between decoupling it from Windows Search, giving up on offering their own smart speaker and the fact that the only reason I use Cortana at all is to tell Alexa to do things through a PC, I can't imagine they'll go on pretending for very much longer that they're relevant in that space.

    No one is a perfect angel in the world of mobile. Apple doesn't work with anything that isn't Apple. Google is too disorganized. Amazon's apps are sluggish and much too commerce-driven. Microsoft is/was ironically better behaved in this space than the other guys. It makes tools to Do Work, and the things it makes are mostly pretty great, even if they're lost in a sea of other good options. I think it's on the down side of its peak and will eventually accept its place with IBM and Oracle as part of the boring back-end of technology, Windows and Xboxes be damned.

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    January 19, 2019 at 5:40 pm

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  4. Irwin
    January 19, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    The Windows 10 version of my 11.6" Flex Android tablet requires 2X the RAM to run. WiFi only for this 2017 model. My Android version's key deficit is the puny RAM soldered to the board. Maybe if Microsoft demanded 4X the RAM instead the tablets wouldn't have been discontinued. Another writer mentioned Edge browser required significant updates or the user would be put off by Windows/Edge performance.