Windows 10 Mobile

In what seems as a further blow to the hopes of Windows 10 Mobile getting revived, Microsoft has removed all mentions of its Mobile OS from the Windows 10 SDK. For those unaware, the Windows SDK is used to develop apps for the platform.

As spotted by the renowned Walking Cat on twitter, in the latest stable release of the Windows 10 SDK, there’s no mention of PRODUCT_MOBILE_CORE. While other SKUs of Windows 10 is there, the Mobile version is conspicuously absent. Without presence of Mobile in the SDK, no new apps can be developed, and developers can’t update their apps anymore.

The last Mobile SDK released was with the Creators Update APIs. Thus, if a developer wants to update his apps, he’ll have to be stuck with old APIs. For most developers who invested in the Windows 10 ecosystem this will be a major hassle. As PC moves on, Mobile has got stuck on Redstone 2. So if a developer wants to update his UWP app, he has to split it into two versions, one for Mobile and the other for rest.

Windows 10 SDK
The concept of Universal apps is dead, at least for Mobile

Microsoft has already stopped updating many of their apps, and it is a matter of time before other developers follow suit. With Windows 10 Mobile being killed off by Microsoft and app support getting dropped soon, users will be forced to move elsewhere. While new updates will be pushed to the OS, it’s more or less dead.

With Microsoft’s focus shifting to Windows 10 on ARM, Mobile is essentially on life service now. The Windows 10 SDK is still being updated albeit without Mobile APIs. Third party developers who still wanted to support their apps will be forced to drop it. While there was a rumor of new APIs getting backported to Mobile, it seems that it won’t be happening.

Windows 10 Mobile is really dead folks.

  • YTMT

    It seems , with all the patents coming out too, like Microsoft may be on the verge of making some kind of announcement in the beginning of 2018, like Apple did 10 years ago. Are we going to finally see a first version of the foldable Surface Andromeda mobile device? Obviously they are investing time and resources into CShell which will transition apps AND interface from mobile to tablet to desktop environments. Of course such a mobile device (with phone capabilities!) could stay just in phone/phablet format while changing interface when being casted/connected to a larger display. Point is, windows 10 will have a CShell environment for such small devices and the current (RIP) Mobile interface will be transformed into this CShell environment which will look 95% the same. Hopefully with the little caveats that it would be able to run win32 apps, either virtualized or repackaged through the Store! (Obviously those win32 apps will work/will be useful only when connected to a larger display)

    • Pallav

      While all the news do point to the unveiling of the Surface Phone, we are still talking about Microsoft. They give birth to great ideas, and then kill them off when it matures.

  • yepp

    The removed reference is related to the core only, which is the same for W10M and W10 since Anniversary Update