Microsoft removes code that enables calls support on Windows 10

After Microsoft discontinued Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phones
enthusiasts have been looking forward to the non-existent
Surface Phone. Unfortunately, there are no plans to ship a
device that runs a mobile-optimized version of Windows 10 and

the idea of Andromeda / Surface Duo is also dead.

Rumours have suggested that Microsoft stopped working on its
original idea of “Andromeda” pocket PC in 2018 to focus on
Android with the same hardware.

For many, it was really surprising to see Microsoft announce
Surface Duo last year. The Surface Duo ships with Android and
Microsoft is also said to be working on the next-generation
device with Google’s operating system.

For future mobile devices, Microsoft is betting big on Android.
While fans have filed petitions calling Microsoft to start
making phones with Windows again, there’s no plan to revive
original Andromeda by bringing
Windows 10 to Surface Duo.

In what now may be the latest hint that Windows for phones is
indeed dead, phone calls related GUIDs were removed with a
preview build that shipped in March 2020. For those unfamiliar,
Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) is generally used by
developers and Microsoft to run script or processes.

Windows 10 phone calls GUID

With Windows 10 Build 19569, Microsoft has removed “Cellular
LineFactory” GUID that enables phone calls to work on Windows.

We don’t know if Microsoft will add them again in future
production and Insider builds. At any rate, there are no plans
internally to revive the idea of Windows on phones.

Fortunately, there’s some impressive community work being done
to keep supporting  Windows 10 (ARM) on phones (Lumia 950
and 950XL).

Windows 10 calling UI

Independent developer Gustave M is already working
on a new way to enable cellular support in the next version of
Windows 10 for ARM, which is expected to ship sometime next
year.

That’s hardly a replacement for Windows 10 Mobile, but it
brings a fresh breath of life into these ageing handsets.

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