Update: December 16, 2019 (1:55 PM ET): Last week, Microsoft announced it won’t be killing Windows 10 Mobile just yet. The mobile OS was initially slated to reach end of life December 10, but this change of heart pushes back the platform’s impending death by just over a month.
Windows 10 Mobile users now have until January 14, 2020, before Microsoft cuts off life support, which so happens to be the day Windows 7 reaches end of life as well. Now, users can handle upgrading their outdated smartphones and laptops or desktop PCs simultaneously.
Original Article: December 11, 2019 (9:00 PM ET): We’ve known Windows 10 Mobile has been a dead platform for years now. Even Microsoft themselves have been telling people they need to switch to Android or iOS. But yesterday, we saw the final blow to Microsoft’s mobile OS — it officially reached its end of life and is no longer supported.
There is some good news for the two of you still running Windows 10 Mobile though. The platform’s office apps will receive updates and security patches until January 12, 2021. This includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
That means you still have a little more time before you absolutely need to migrate to another mobile platform if you just can’t break your Windows 10 Mobile addiction. Though we still recommend you take the leap as soon as possible.
If you do happen to be running an unsupported Windows mobile device, you should check out our list of the current best Android devices you can pick up today. If these smartphones don’t convince you that Android is the better platform, then I don’t know what will.
So, what comes next for Microsoft on the mobile front? With the new Android-powered Surface Duo on the horizon, it looks like Microsoft is going all-in on Google’s mobile OS. We’ve been trying to say this was a good idea for some time now, so it’s good to see Microsoft finally took our advice.