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Microsoft: Switch to iOS or Android because Windows 10 Mobile is ending

Lumia 950
Lumia 950
Peter Bright

Windows 10 Mobile will receive its last patches and security updates on December 10 this year, as Microsoft winds down the last remaining bit of development on its smartphone platform.

The last major notable to the platform was October 2017, when it was bumped to version 1709. At that point, Microsoft ended feature development entirely, shipping only security updates and bug fixes. That’s going to come to an end on Patch Tuesday this coming December.

Certain online services will continue to operate beyond that date; device backups for settings and applications will work for three months, to March 10, 2020, and photo uploads and restoring devices from backups will work for 12 months beyond the end of support.

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. From the sole perspective of running Microsoft’s applications, Android is the better choice; the operating system is more flexible, enabling deeper integration and richer functionality. iOS, however, remains the better choice for long-term operating system support and updates.

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Tech – Ars Technica

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