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Microsoft says use iPhone or Android because Windows Mobile is dead

22 January, 2019, 00:22 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
  • Microsoft essentially admits defeat, looking to turn Cortana into a Google Assistant 'skill'

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

This has already been Microsoft's policy for some time, with Xbox using Alexa and the partnership between Alexa and Microsoft to have Cortana running on Echo speakers - and Alexa on Windows 10 devices.

Microsoft has quietly set the date on which it will end support for its ailing Windows 10 Mobile devices, two years after declaring the OS would no longer receive feature updates.

Back-ups, at least, will persist until 10 March 2020. "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 good news, if there is any, is that Windows Mobile market share was always tiny to begin with, and now is largely infinitesimal: 0.10 per cent, according to NetMarketShare. Terry Myerson, the former head of Windows Phone, talked a bit about its failure in March of previous year.

A significant drop in support for Windows Phone by third-party developers has been observed since then, and Microsoft ensured that the last of the Windows Phone users get timely updates and security patches.

Arguably one of the most comfortable systems that have been there to use, Windows 7 was first released in October 2009, coming in after Vista, and has been around for a close to over 9 years.

Consumers have no such option-you'll pay US$139 to download Windows 10 Home, or a bit less if you opt for a system-builder option. Microsoft's planned Cortana skill for competing assistants would bring these capabilities to users' existing smart speakers. At a media event reported by Business Insider (via OnMSFT), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company wants to position Cortana as a skill for Alexa and Google Assistant, opening up valuable integrations for Office 365 subscribers. Unfortunately, using Windows 7 after support expires is playing with fire.

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