Microsoft has today pushed the last cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile AU (Anniversary Update) devices. The users are now recommended to upgrade their phones to the newer release in order to continue receiving updates and security patches. The April month’s Patch Tuesday is the last cumulative update for Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607).
Windows 10 Mobile Build 14393.2189 is now available for the supported Windows Phones and it appears that the update is focused on security. Microsoft has not added any new features to the operating system with Build 14393.2189, you, however, expect general bug fixes.
Microsoft released the Anniversary Update in the summer of 2016 and after almost two years, the software giant is ending support for the operating system. Windows Phones and PCs with Windows 10 version 1607 could become vulnerable to attacks. It is, however, worth noting that this change does not apply to Enterprise users, in their case, Windows 10 Enterprise Edition will continue to receive update and security patches until October 9, 2018.
As noted above, updating to the most recent version of Windows 10 Mobile is the recommended way to always be protected and get security updates. If your phone is no longer supported, you can always trick Microsoft to receive newest versions of Windows 10 Mobile operating.
This is not the very first time Microsoft is killing off old versions of Windows 10. While the older releases are discontinued, the new updates for Windows 10 Mobile are still shipped.
Microsoft has put Windows Phones in maintenance mode and the platform only receives security updates. The company last year in a support page revealed that it will completely pull support in mid-2019.
Microsoft’s former Windows head Terry Myerson last month in a goodbye letter published shared his thoughts on the failed Windows Phone platform. In his letter, Myerson admitted that Microsoft just couldn’t catch up with its rivals, due to a number of reasons including app gap.
Microsoft is rumoured to be working on a new mobile-type device with foldable screens, codenamed Surface Andromeda. By the looks of things, it is safe to assume that the rumoured foldable mobile device will land before Microsoft ends support for all Windows Phones.