Microsoft advises those who are still using Windows 10 mobile (and other Microsoft-powered phones) to switch to iOS or Android devices as they admit, how should we put it, ‘an end to an era’.
That’s right, Microsoft Windows smartphones are outmoded. Years back, Corporate Vice President in the Experiences and Devices division of the company, Joe Belfiore, had been hinting the eventual discontinuation to support Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system.
He tweets, “Of course we’ll continue to support the platform… bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hardware aren’t the focus”. He also mentions in one of his Twitter posts that the volume of users are just too low for most companies to invest.
This year, Microsoft finally affirms Windows phone is dead and that security support patches will only last until December 10, 2019. Other than having a small number of users, most likely the reason why Windows failed on mobile was because there weren’t a lot of apps to begin with, most especially those which are popular on Android and iPhone.
So, what will the community of Windows phone do now? Microsoft advices its users to create a backup using the built-in tool before the said date when security support will no longer be available as the tool will also be phased out.
So finally it is happening. It was a long wait. It is something which was eventually going to happen because of the very small numbers of users that they have.