Microsoft has discontinued Windows Phone platform, and the company has pushed Windows 10 mobile to maintenance mode. Windows 10 Mobile is only receiving cumulative updates with security patches every month and the company has also stopped developing new feature updates for the OS. We’ve also known for a while that Microsoft abandoned the platform, but here’s an evidence that this might change soon.
While Microsoft has stopped developing the Windows Phone platform, it looks like that the software giant is internally testing a new update for the phones but don’t get your hopes too high.
The Creators Update (version 1703) was the last major update that Windows 10 Mobile update received. No new updates other than critical security fixes will be released, and that’s something we’ve heard from pretty much everyone at Microsoft in the past few years.
Despite the fact that Microsoft confirmed no new features and devices are planned for the Windows 10 Mobile, reference to Windows 10 April 2018 Update has been spotted online. It appears that there’s a new Bluetooth stack for Windows 10 Mobile April 2018 Update, and it’s a bit surprising as Microsoft has never talked about April 2018 Update for phones.
While it looks like Microsoft has quietly worked on a new update for Windows 10 Mobile, it could be possible that the Bluetooth is referring to one of the latest cumulative updates for the platform. It is also worth noting that the last feature2 update was also referred to as Fall Creators Update (version 1709) in some documents.
Needless to say, Microsoft is not planning to release any major update for the platform but Windows 10 Mobile will be still used for testing the adaptability of UWP apps on a small screen size device.
At the time of writing this story, the Windows Phones such as Lumia 950, Lumia 650, HP Elite x3 and Alcatel IDOL 4S are only eligible for the latest version of Windows 10.
In the past few months, Microsoft has been recommending Windows Phone users to switch to Android and iOS if the platform fails to meet their needs. There’s no chance that the things will improve for Windows Phone, but the platform will receive the important security updates until late 2019.