Windows 10 ARM on Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
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After WhatsApp, Facebook has also started notifying users about the end of support for its app on Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile. While initial reports revealed Facebook will end support for its app on last day of Apri, it looks like the app will continue to function until at least June 30.

With Microsoft end support for Windows 10 Mobile after December 2019, more and more apps will be discontinued. Unfortunately, Windows 10 Mobile also doesn’t fully support Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), so switching to PWAs won’t help anyone.

If you open Facebook app on your Windows 10 Mobile handset, you’ll be greeted with the following message:

“Facebook for Windows Phone is going away soon. As of June 30, this app will no longer be available. You’ll still be able to use Facebook on your mobile browser,” the message reads with link to the web browser. At the moment, the app is functional but it may stop working  from next month

Facebook for Windows Phone

Windows 10 Mobile version 1703 support has ended

Last Tuesday, Microsoft shipped the last cumulative update Windows 10 Mobile version 1703 (Creators Update). The update with Build 15063.1868 comes with minor fixes and unmentioned improvements.

Microsoft has also ended support for Windows 10 Mobile version 1703 and devices such as  Lumia 640 and Lumia 640XL are no longer eligible for future updates.

Microsoft is now only supporting Windows 10 Mobile version 1709, but this OS will also stop receiving patches after December 2019.

Windows Phones are likely to become useless in 2020, but a group of developers is working on a project that ports full desktop to mobile handsets. MobileShell, a new desktop-based Windows 10 Mobile Shell is being developed by enthusiasts to make Windows 10 ARM more touch-friendly.

Mobile Shell is already in works for Lumia 950XL and it also comes with calling functionality. Mobile Shell is already available for developers and it could give a new life to Windows Phones when the project is finalized.