The end of Windows 10 Mobile: the facts

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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. Support for the mobile OS is ending later this year.

For now, this interface change is part of the latest build (18317) for Windows 10 to be tested by insiders as part of the 19H1 development cycle, which is the next major update to Windows 10 planned for April. It'll provide a bit of extra time for backups and such after that date, but Windows Mobile is basically dead.

According to Apple Insider's report, Microsoft announced that it'll stop the Windows Phone 10 support around December 10. Third parties or paid support programs may provide ongoing support, we're told, but these won't be publically provided updates.

But even that last story ended with the caveat that Microsoft still wasn't releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to everyone.

Now, a month later, 1809 has started showing up on some Windows 10 PCs that relied on the consumer-grade Windows Update service.

Of course, you are welcome to continue using Windows 10 mobile devices after Microsoft ends support, but Microsoft itself suggests switching.

Microsoft says anyone who still uses its Windows 10 mobile platform - once called Windows Phone - should switch over to an iPhone or an Android phone.

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Windows hasn't had a lot of press in a while, and there's a good reason why: ever since Microsoft stopped making phones and concentrated on everything else, Windows Mobile has been left to die.

Rest in pieces, Windows Mobile.

Microsoft quietly announced [via The Verge] that it will stop releasing security and software updates on December 10.

The Google Assistant, meanwhile, comes pre-installed on millions of Android phones, smart speakers, smart displays, smart TVs, Chromebooks and set-top boxes like the Nvidia Shield TV or the Roku.

Meanwhile, Nadella explains that Cortana's future relies mostly on integration with other products, and he offered Microsoft 365 as an example. Both Android and iOS users can now use Office Suite seamlessly on their devices.

The company states that it will now be focusing much more on supporting its mobile apps for Android and iOS platforms.

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