Microsoft will no longer be providing any updates for its Windows phones after December 10 of this year.
Mean the Windows Phone, once touted as a competitor to iOS and Android, will quit competition rather its announcement of not providing security updates, has been suggesting its customer to switch over to an android or iPhone.
Microsoft, despite announcing it properly, made the announcement indirectly by changing its Windows 10 Mobile support page, as spotted first hand by Thurrot, a website that covers Microsoft.
On the page Microsoft announced that on December 10, 2019, it will end sending updates including new security updates, free technical content updates from Microsoft, free assisted support options and non-security hotfixes to users of Window 10 Phone. Its support for earlier version of Windows 10 will even end well before that final date and will expire on June 11, 2019.
Moving to a supported iOS or Android device was also recommended by Microsoft itself to its customers. Microsoft referred its mission statement, of empowering every person as well as organization on the planet to achieve more, as a compelling factor to provide its Mobile apps through rival’s platforms and devices.
In order to make its Office products available into Android and iPhone, a lot of effort has been put by the Microsoft, which also partnered with Samsung for pre-installed Office on some of its flagship Galaxy phones.
Previously, Microsoft had big intentions for Windows on mobile phones and that accelerated with an updated operating system in 2010 followed by launch of Windows Phone 7 launch.
In 2014, in a bid to be able to manufacture Windows Phone products internally, Microsoft also acquired mobile unit of Nokia in an ill-fated deal worth $7.2 billion, which was called as disaster by the newly joined CEO in 2015, when company eventually came up writing off $7.6 billion and slashing jobs that year.