Unfortunately, that day has arrived. In January of this year, Microsoft announced that December 10, 2019 would be the end of the line for the OS.
That means that version 1709 released in November of this year was the last ever software update. From here on, Windows 10 Mobile users are on their own. As new security flaws are discovered in the code, no help will be coming from Microsoft. No more security patches and no options.
If there’s a silver lining here, it lies in the fact that no new Windows 10 Mobile devices have been released since the early part of 2016 and there aren’t many remaining in service.
The devices currently running Windows 10 Mobile are:
- Microsoft Lumia 550
- Microsoft Lumia 650
- Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL
- HP Elite x3 (Version and Telstra)
- Wileyfox Pro
- Alcatel IDOL 4S
- Alcatel IDOL 4S Pro
- Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
- Softbank 503LV
- VAIO Phone Biz
- MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601
- Trinity NuAns Neo
The news is even worse for the tiny fraction of consumers still using Windows Phone 8.1, which stopped getting security updates as of July 11, 2017. As of this month, Windows Phone 8.1 users have lost app store support, which means no access to software of any kind from Microsoft’s app store.
It is the end of a short-lived era, and if you haven’t already moved away from your Windows Mobile-based tech, the time to retire them and get something else is now.