Microsoft Urges Switch to iPhone or Android, Ahead of Windows 10 Mobile’s Death
Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 10 Mobile on December 10, 2019, while those on version 1703 will see their support for updates end on June 11, 2019.
Ahead of the death of Microsoft’s mobile OS platform, the company’s FAQ is recommending users switch to iPhone or Android ahead of the planned sunset, as spotted by Thurrott:
What should Windows 10 Mobile customers do now?
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.
Microsoft says users who want to use their devices after December 10, 2019, should create manual backups for their device themselves. Once support ends, automatic backups will cease to operate on March 10, 2020, while features such as photo uploads or restoring a device from the cloud will only work for 12 months after the sunset date.
According to The Verge, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also told the media at an event recently its Cortana assistant is no longer a viable competitor to Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant.
Instead, the CEO says he wants Cortana to be accessible for all Microsoft users on any platform, saying, “Cortana needs to be that skill for anybody who’s a Microsoft 365 subscriber,” adding “You should be able to use it on Google Assistant, you should be able to use it on Alexa, just like how you use our apps on Android and iOS so that’s at least how we want to think about where it’ll go.”
See you later Windows 10 Mobile. Don’t forget to holla at BlackBerry OS up in the heavens.