Is it the end of Windows Mobile? Windows, the widely used operating system at-least on PCs. Well, why did it fail to do the same on Smartphone world? We will discuss that sometime later 🙂
According to an official post on Microsoft Windows website, first reported by Thurrott, Microsoft is ending the support for all “new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or technical content updates from Microsoft for free.” That means you are not going to see any updates, support, helps from Microsoft for your device on/after Dec. 10, 2019.
And on the side note Microsoft is saying its users switch to Android or iPhone, in the answers to a FAQ question asked on the official website. Windows Mobile was a really good OS, but it failed to grab the consumer’s attention and the same for developers.
The company once had big plans for Windows on mobile devices, especially when the operating system was upgraded in 2010 and Windows Phone 7 was launched. Microsoft did a very good job in supporting the other two competitors, when they didn’t support Windows Phone. It did put all major Microsoft apps on both Android and Apple Stores.
Even they did encourage the developers to code for Windows Phone, launched several tools to convert apps from iOS, Android and Web to Windows Universal apps. They offered developers the largest share of app revenue, which Google and Apple do not. Because there were very few users, developers didn’t have the confidence in investing their time and money. And users didn’t buy any new Windows Phones because there were very few apps in the store.
From Joe Belfiore, Microsoft:
The company also recognizes that its digital assistant Cortana no longer competes head-to-head with Alexa and Google’s assistant, but aims to integrate with the popular platforms instead of fighting them. That’s really a smart move.
Cortana needs to be that skill for anybody who’s a Microsoft 365 subscriber. You should be able to use it on Google Assistant, you should be able to use it on Alexa, just like how you use our apps on Android and iOS so that’s at least how we want to think about where it’ll go.
Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO
How do you feel that Microsoft is formally urging the remaining users to switch platforms?