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Microsoft to Kill Off Windows 10 Mobile in December

Microsoft has finally announced it will end all support for Windows 10 Mobile, with the shut off scheduled for December 10.

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While probably not a big surprise, has said it will no longer support devices starting this December. Essentially, is now on a year-long walk towards its death. It is a situation that has been coming for some time and all but kills Microsoft's first-party mobile business.

It was nearly two years ago in 2017 when Microsoft announced it was stopping new feature and hardware development for Windows 10 Mobile (and by extension Windows Phone). At the time the company pledged to keep supporting the platform in terms of security and software updates.

However, it always felt Microsoft was waiting for enough time to pass to properly shutter the Windows mobile experience. The company now says security updates for Windows 10 Mobile will end on Dec. 10, 2019.

“Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 (released October 2017) is the last release of Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft will end support on December 10, 2019,” reads a Microsoft support note that was updated this week.

The simple fact is Windows Phone never really took off and only got worse through the Windows 10 era. Microsoft's $7 billion acquisition of Nokia's brand was a disaster. CEO Satya Nadella wrote off that outlay when he took over.

We guess some aficionados of the platform will blame Nadella for the demise. They may also be pissed that Microsoft is now pushing Windows 10 Mobile users to iOS and :

“With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device.”

Future

That's the reality of Microsoft's position in Mobile. The company is increasingly thriving as a software developer of apps for and but struggled under its own ecosystem.

The question now is whether this kills any hopes of Microsoft returning to mobile hardware development. Is the long-rumored Surface Phone dead? Maybe, but then it is not inconceivable for Microsoft to be working on an all-new Windows-based mobile platform.

Call us skeptical.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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