Yes, you read that right! Microsoft tells users to switch to Android or iOS and has officially announced to end it’s support for Windows Phone. In the support portal, a new page, titled as, Windows 10 Mobile End of Support: FAQ, was added.
In the FAQ’s section, Microsoft answered a question What should Windows 10 Mobile customers do now? and recommended it’s users to switch to a supported Android or iOS device, the post reads.
“With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device. Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices.”
The company also acknowledged that it’s AI Cortana is no longer competing head-to-head with Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. Rather than competing against them, they’re now looking to integrate.
Cortana needs to be that skill for anybody who’s a Microsoft365 subscriber. You should be able to use it on Google Assistant [and] 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
In 2017, Joe Belfiore from Microsoft on his twitter handle dropped a hint about the end of the platform, citing low app availability and lack of interest from the developer community.
We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest. ☹️ https://t.co/ePsySxR3LB— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) 8 October 2017
Later after the acknowledgement that Microsoft mobile support will eventually end, NYPD was forced to recall 3600 Windows Phones and replace them with iPhones.
Sad day for the Windows Phone users indeed. Drop your thoughts in the comments section below!