Microsoft puts the final nail in Windows 10 Mobile’s coffin

Lumia 1520
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On January 14 2020, Windows 10 Mobile reached End of Life (EOL)
and the last cumulative update is now available. Microsoft is
currently rolling out Windows 10 Mobile Build 15254.603 to
phones like Lumia 950 or HP Elite x3, and Microsoft has shipped
the final update without a proper changelog as well.

Windows 10 Mobile Build 15254.603, which is the last update for
the OS, comes with security fixes and general improvements. The
official changelog points to desktop release notes, which
implies that Microsoft may have fixed security bugs affecting
Windows Kernel, Windows Input and Composition, and other
components.

Four years after Microsoft released the last Windows Phone
flagship, Microsoft has now confirmed that Windows 10 Mobile
has reached the end of all support. You can still use your
Windows Phone but various apps such as
WhatsApp may not work.

After today, you can still back up your device, settings and
data of certain apps, but these features will be scrapped on
March 10th, 2020. Some backup features including photo uploads
may continue to work for up to 12 months.

Although Microsoft is not treating the Office Mobile apps for
Windows 10 as a priority, they’re planning to support the apps
on Windows 10 Mobile for another year. Support for Office apps
will end in January 2021 and the apps will receive important
security updates for at least one year.

Microsoft: Switch to Android or iOS

Samsung Switch

Microsoft has been recommending Windows 10 Mobile users to
switch to a supported Android or iOS device.

Microsoft is actively developing and updating apps for other
mobile platforms, and the company offers a wide range of apps
including a dedicated launcher for Android.

Microsoft has also created an app called ‘Your Phone’ that
preserves the most important features of an Android phone:
messages, notifications, and calls. You don’t need to take out
your phone from your pocket to access its contents when you’re
working on Windows 10.

Currently, Your Phone app allows you to access photos stored in
Android phone from PC, it also lets you access your text
messages, initiate calls, and as well as mirror Android screen.
Eventually, Your Phone platform will also support documents
sharing with Windows 10 computers.

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