Windows 10 Mobile Support Ends in December
Microsoft confirmed the official demise of its mobile initiative will be Dec. 10, 2019, when support ends for Windows 10 Mobile, the failed challenger to iOS and Android.
In fact, in announcing the death knell, Microsoft advised its remaining mobile customers and developers to start targeting the platforms of rivals Apple and Google before Dec. 10, after which they won't receive any more security updates, patches, free support and so on.
"With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device," says the Windows 10 Mobile End of Support: FAQ. "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."
This marks the end of the problematic Windows 10 Mobile project, which limped along for years after Windows Phone came to a long, slow, agonizing end. The end-of-support notice, follows a tweet by exec Joe Belifore in October 2017 that foreshadowed the demise, saying: "Of course we'll continue to support the platform, bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren't the focus."
The Thurrott site was reportedly the first media outlet to publicize the FAQ, which was last updated Jan. 2.
David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.