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Microsoft Confirms Office Mobile Windows Apps Will Leave Support in 2021

Microsoft says its UWP Office Mobile apps will stop receiving security and bug updates from January 12, 2021.


In September 2018, said it would eventually stop support of its UWP apps. Now, Redmond has confirmed the touch-first version of the productivity suite will reach end of support on January 12, 2021.

From that date forward, Office Mobile applications for UWP will not receive any updates. This includes security fixes and bug solutions. All technical support will be shuttered in just over a year from now.

“The Office apps for phones using – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote — will reach end of support on January 12, 2021. On that date, app users will no longer receive security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft.”

It makes sense because these versions of Office Mobile were “the apps for phones using Windows 10 Mobile.” That's because Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile support is ending today (Dec 10, 2019). If you are still holding out on the platform, you'll no longer get any support and Office Mobile will soon follow.

When Microsoft announced end of feature support for the apps last year, the company did not discuss cutting all support. However, it was expected all support would be cut off eventually.

Microsoft has shifted its attention to Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) on iOS and . On Windows, the company is now fully behind the Win32 and web versions of the apps.

Losing Benefits

One of the most interesting things about Microsoft's decision is the apps were not solely dedicated to Windows 10 Mobile. For example, they were specialized touch versions of Office apps. In other words, users could use them on Microsoft's Surface devices and on HoloLens.

Furthermore, the apps are free on device under 10.1 inches. Microsoft has not confirmed, but it seems the Office Mobile apps will leave support across all Windows devices.

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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