Windows Phone Is Dead, Users Should Move to iPhone or Android

Windows Phone Is Dead, Users Should Move to iPhone or Android

In an "End of Support" page, the company told users that Windows 10 Mobile will stop receiving new security updates after December 10.

David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine. While Microsoft has maintained support for the platform, the quality of those fixes has left something to be desired.

End of support does not mean that customers can't use their devices anymore; this will still be possible. Individuals and organizations still using Windows Phone devices running Windows 10 Mobile are being advised by Microsoft to switch to devices running Apple's iOS or Google's Android mobile OSes instead. Another distinctive group are focused on peripherals, suggesting controller support to launch games from the desktop or more deeply customizable mapping via Microsoft's Xbox Accessories App. Consumers have no such option-you'll pay $139 to download Windows 10 Home, or a bit less if you opt for a system-builder option. One can't help but wonder what could have been if Microsoft had made a few different decisions with its mobile strategy.

It further stated that after the end of support, the automatic or manual creation of new device backups for settings and certain apps will continue till March 10, 2020.

Active development for Windows 10 Mobile stopped in October 2017, so until now users did have some time to choose another alternative. After Microsoft announced that support is coming to an end, Windows 10 Mobile users had to give up on their phones. Now they're telling current Windows Mobile users that it's time to move on.

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Microsoft itself no longer sells Windows phones, but certain models, like the HP Elite X3, continue to be available from various retailers.

For now, I suppose the best move is to heed Microsoft's advice and drop the doomed mobile OS before it's too late.

The messaging service said it would no longer run on any of Microsoft's smartphones using the Windows 8.1 operating system, or any of its earlier systems - which is estimated to be 76 per cent of Windows users. Windows mobile never stood a chance against Android and iOS, reaching a peak market share of 3.6 percent back in 2013.

What about the app support on Windows Mobile devices?

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