Windows Phone is dead! What is next for Windows 10 Mobile users?

Microsoft essentially admits defeat, looking to turn Cortana into a Google Assistant 'skill'

This is quite a symbol of Microsoft's inability to make Cortana a force to be reckoned with, even though the company was the first to ship a digital assistant on a desktop operating system. Windows 10 Mobile hardware development had already ceased, and no new features were being developed for the OS.

Windows 10 Mobile support is coming to an end in December.

Microsoft's guidance for customers is to "move to a supported Android or iOS device" and use the range of Microsoft applications on one of those platforms instead. "Microsoft's mission statement to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices", the company mentions on its support page.

MICROSOFT HAS QUIETLY ANNOUNCED that it'll stop supporting Windows 10 Mobile for good in December this year.

While Windows 10 Mobile users now face a choice between iOS and Android, for those who want to stay in Microsoft's ecosystem, Android is the clear choice. Alongside the company is also building apps that would work across foldable as well as dual screen devices. It sounds like the Microsoft Store will continue to function after the end of support date on December 10, but there's no guarantee as to how long that will last. In other words, no new patches. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadela has said that Cortana will now move from being a voice assistant to a skill that can be used with other voice assistants. Backups, at least, will persist until March 10, 2020.

If you somehow find yourself still using a Windows 10 mobile device, expect more disappointment.

Ironically, back in 2010 when Windows launched the Windows Phone 7, held a funeral procession for the Blackberry and iPhone, declaring that their device "buries the competition". Photo uploads and device restoration could continue for a further 9 months, but we don't recommend taking that risk. You should be able to use it on Alexa, just like you use our apps on Android or iOS.

Yes, you did read that correctly – Microsoft has officially set a sunset date for Windows Phone.

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