Technology giant Microsoft is set to end support for Windows 10 Mobile. The company is pulling the plug on its Windows Phone operating system as it failed in the market. Microsoft recommends Windows Phone users to switch to either Android or iOS smartphones.
The support page titled ‘Windows 10 Mobile End of Support: FAQ’ reveals the company’s plan to shut down the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft is planning to end the support in December 2019. Few years ago, Microsoft had announced that it is not developing any new features for Windows Phone devices.
The official support note reads, “Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 (released October 2017) is the last release of Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft will end support on December 10, 2019.”
After Microsoft stops support for the platform, the backup for settings and some apps will work for additional three months till March 10, 2020. According to the company, some of these services like device backup and photo upload will continue to work for another 1 year from the end of support.
Customers that want to use their Windows 10 phones even after December 2019 are recommended to create backup of their data. Microsoft recommends using the Settings -> Update & security -> Backup -> More options and then press Backup now button before December 2019.
Even earlier, Microsoft had pulled the plug on the Windows 8.1 on July 11, 2017. The end of support for Windows 10 mobile was not a totally unexpected change. It is also rumoured that Microsoft is trying to pave away for its Surface phone by ending support for Windows 10 mobile.