Microsoft finally giving up on its failed Windows Phone

Windows 10 Mobile support to end in December 2019

"With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device", clarifies an FAQ on Windows 10 Mobile end of life.

The news that Microsoft is ending support for Windows 10 Mobile should come as no great surprise to anyone who has followed the company's mobile efforts over the past few decades.

This page has been updated on 14 January, 2019, looking to answer the doubts of existing Windows Phone device users across the globe.

Microsoft has already published a support page detailing Windows 10 Mobile's end of Support. While Symbian lost out in a couple of years and Nokia bet big on Windows Phone by teaming up with Microsoft, the gamble did not pay off. Microsoft subsequently acquired Nokia's mobile division before shutting it down later. The Windows-maker has also urged Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile users to shift to alternatives like the Android and the iPhone.

"After the end of support, automatic or manual creation of new device backups for settings and some applications will continue for three months, ending March 10, 2020".

It should be noted that Microsoft had stopped developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile since 2017.

It had been speculated that Microsoft would gear up for one last assault on the market with the oft-rumoured Surface phone, but such a device never materialised. A year later, the company took a $960 million impairment and restructuring hit related to the disastrous deal. Plus, with S Mode for Windows 10, schools can reduce the risk of bloatware and speed up boot times, improve battery life and enjoy better device performance. Microsoft is also developing a streaming technology dubbed Project xCloud.

Addresses an issue that may cause Microsoft Edge to stop working with certain display drivers.

The company may have worked relentlessly to race past the top players, but there's only so much it can do. Samsung plans to release a foldable phone soon, and many others have revealed their intentions of launching a foldable device of their own soon.

Microsoft stayed in the smartphone business but only after significantly scaling back.



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