Microsoft has finally admitted defeat and is ending all support for its Windows 10 Mobile platform.
Since it first launched, Windows Mobile has struggled to make a dent in the market with stats showing a steady decline in numbers since 2013.
With users deserting the OS, Microsoft announced it was ending its development of the platform in 2017.
Now the US company has confirmed that it won’t be supporting the service from the end of the year meaning those owning a Windows-powered phone will no longer receive security updates or new features.
In post on its blog, Microsoft confirmed: “As of December 10, 2019, Windows 10 Mobile users are no longer eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft for free.
“Third parties or paid support programs may provide ongoing support, but it is important to recognise that Microsoft support will not publicly provide updates or patches for Windows 10 Mobile.”
With Microsoft now ditching all updates for good there’s good news for Android and Apple as the Redmond firm is recommending users switch to these platforms.
““With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device,” Microsoft said.
If you do own a Windows device then it will continue to work after the December 10 deadline but will be no updates after that date and device backup functionality and other backend services will be phased out.