Here comes an official announcement from Microsoft to bring the end of Windows Phone.
It is for a while that you might not have heard about sales and after sale services of Windows Phone. However, Microsoft – the parent company of Windows Phone kept updating and supporting Windows 10 Mobile OS over the years with Windows 10 Mobile 1709 being the last update released in October 2017.
Microsoft has officially declared its Windows phone as being obsolete and the company has posted a support page with the title “Windows 10 Mobile End of Support: FAQ”.
As per details, Microsoft is going to end support for its Windows phone on December 10, 2019. The end of support means that there will be no security updates or hotfixes, and this will apply to all versions of the Windows 10 Mobile, including Enterprise.
However, in the support notice, Microsoft stated that device backups for settings and some apps will continue to be supported until March 10, 2020. Other services like picture uploading and restoring backups “may continue to work for up to another 12 months from the end of support,” the officials stated.
Interestingly, for the question titled “What should Windows 10 Mobile customers do now?” Microsoft recommends that users should switch to a supported Android or iOS device:
“With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device. 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.”
For phones with Windows 10 Mobile Version 1709, support will last until 10th of December 2019. But, for Lumia 640 and 640 XL on Windows 10 Mobile Version 1703, support will end a few months earlier on June 11th.
If you are still using Windows Phone, it is recommended that do backup now going to Settings > Update & Security > Backup > More Options > Back up now. This is because the tool would also stop working after the deadline.
It’s been clear for a while that Microsoft had decided to quit the smartphone market, and now the company is focusing its efforts on making apps and services for Android and iOS devices. Hence, existing Windows 10 Mobile users are going to have to switch to Android or iOS devices in order to fulfil their smartphone needs.