Windows 10 Mobile update support
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A while ago, Microsoft stopped developing new features and UI for Windows 10 Mobile but the company still releases new cumulative updates for the operating system every month on Patch Tuesday.

On December 10, 2019, Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 Mobile version 1709 which was released in October 2017.

Microsoft has already ended support for Windows 10 Mobile version 1511 which shipped in November of 2015. Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update support has been discontinued as well and Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update mainstream support ended on October 9, 2018. The Enterprise and Education are still supposed as they receive an additional 6 months of support.

The last and latest version of Windows 10 Mobile is the Fall Creators Update (version 1709) which was released in October 2017.

Windows 10 Mobile Life Cycle

According to Microsoft’s Update Cycle page, the support for Windows 10 Mobile Fall Creators Update will end on December 10, 2019.

It means that you will be receiving cumulative updates till December 10, 2019, but things will change after the Redmond giant ends support for its mobile operating system. The platform is likely to function partially after Microsoft ends support and you can continue to use your Windows Phone even after the period but it won’t be serviced.

Once the end of support is reached, there will be no updates security patches for Windows 10 Mobile.

  • Jorge Roman

    So they give them as soon as it comes out cshell I will install it in my Lumia 950xl illegally or when Windows 10 arm supports the calls and text messages and WhatsApp and others it will install that is what provokes Microsoft with its attitude of shit towards the client of its platform.

    • Lendo

      Yeahh…. I still waiting csshell or windows arm running well on Lumia 950 xl…

  • Lendo

    RIP

  • Divi

    Hmm.. but my phone will die or get very old by that time. That should be the case for majority of the users.

    Also, the Store will die slow death as well. Windows Phone 8.1 Store is set to discontinue next year. That means WhatsApp won’t be able to publish new updates and it will stop working before Windows 10 Mobile does.

    Andromeda isn’t going to be a typical phone. We still need a phone which Microsoft won’t make so it’s apparently the right time to move to Android or iOS.

    • WPJ

      They really could still support the store. It’s the OS that will not be supported.

  • Divi

    And just in case any of you are hoping the support will be extended, that won’t be the case. Microsoft has never extended support for Windows 10 Mobile versions.

  • Charles Clarke

    Well, I’ve gotten plenty of new features on my phone. They are embedded in Cortana and Maps (only useful for phones). They keep fixing things they break and Cortana since this summer reads me off my emails hands free. And I can setup alexa devices on my phone. Skills for various devices have been added to my phone. I can setup GLAS thermostat from my phone. So I appreciate to “no new features” crap you’re selling, but nobody that loves windows 10 mobile is still on the year ago update, we’ve all moved on and are loving our windows phone very much. With seamless integration to my vehicle that’s been there since 2010. And Cortana that’s been there since Windows Phone 7 as Tell me long before Siri came out.

    • Fernando Bernardo

      Why don’t you tell us your version. I want a number bigger then 1709

  • Rusty Shackleford

    So its not recommended to buy a windows 10 phone anymore?

    • Abhishek Lightbringer

      It’s not recommended anymore since 2010

  • It may end of support, but I would never go back to Android. My current Lumia 950 XL is just the best phone I have ever own, especially it’s camera. Physics will always win over software.

  • Articles out in the wild over the last several months suggest that M$ has embraced Android as its mobile platform going forward. They’ve even released their own launcher (Microsoft Launcher) for Android and Microsoft execs have personally moved on.

    Microsoft is out of the phone business, and “Andromeda” as we thought it would be is not happening, at least not as a phone device. They were too late to the party after Google and Apple shifted the mobile landscape to touchscreens, and the same tardiness doomed RIM/Blackberry as well. As great as the platform may be, M$ realized a Windows 10 Phone would not gain traction in a market already saturated with Android devices and iPhones and where Windows is perceived as a “desktop” and not “mobile” OS, and shifted to what appears to be “if we can’t make the platform, we’ll make the best da*n apps for their platforms instead”; and it’s also hitting the ground running with its Windows-on-ARM initiative to create “always on” mobile computing devices that will run Win32 apps via an emulation layer on Qualcomm’s latest SoCs designed specifically for that purpose. They’ve also partnered with OEMs like Samsung to get their Office apps preinstalled on Android devices out of the box (my Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has Word/Excel/PPT preinstalled, while my Moto G5S Plus had Outlook preinstalled but disabled by default).

    You may have also noticed over the last year or two that apart from Surface, standalone Windows 10 tablets have all but disappeared from the market. Tablets haven’t taken off either except as reading devices; people prefer to have hardware keyboards than try to get a tablet to interpret their already messy handwriting (the same reason Apple refused to implement “inking” and handwriting recognition into its iPads until well after Steve Jobs had passed on into nirvana).

    Cortana hasn’t gained any traction, neither; the only reason it has *any* market share is because it’s included in Windows 10. Among the four major assistants (Google, Siri, Alexa, and Cortana), Cortana is last in every category; testing done over the last couple of years to determine which assistants could understand and appropriately respond to questions posed to them put Google first, then Alexa, Siri, and Cortana last. But they are all improving. I suspect the Invoke speaker isn’t selling well, neither; I’ve heard nothing about it since it was released.

    Microsoft’s biggest problem is that it is first and foremost an enterprise-oriented company and consumer focus seems secondary, unlike Apple, Google, and Amazon, which started as consumer-first companies and bolted on their enterprise focus later.

  • Also adding their recent announcement that MS Edge is adopting the Chromium project as its base (the same code powering Google Chrome)…