Microsoft Suggests Windows 10 Mobile Users Switch to iOS or Android as Support Winds Down

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With support for the now-discontinued Windows 10 Mobile devices set to end on December 10, 2019, Microsoft is recommending that its current Windows 10 Mobile customers move to an Android or iOS device instead.

    Microsoft made the recommendation in a Windows 10 Mobile support document (via Thurrott) explaining its plans to stop offering security updates and patches for Windows 10 Mobile.

    Microsoft ended support for Windows Phone in July 2017 and stopped active development on Windows 10 Mobile in October of that year, leading to the death of the platform. Microsoft struggled to get app developers to write apps for the device, and it was also never able to establish a strong user base.

    With the abandonment of Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft has been focusing on other platforms and has a wide array of apps available for both iOS and Android devices.

    All customers who have a Windows 10 Mobile device will be able to keep using it after December 10, 2019, but no further updates will be available.

    Article Link: Microsoft Suggests Windows 10 Mobile Users Switch to iOS or Android as Support Winds Down
  2. KPandian1 macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2013
    Hah, boon Apple was waiting for. Now, all the back stocks will be cleared and TSMC will start full steam ahead with production - to the original target of "more than last year" numbers.
  3. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2003
    Wouldn't it have been easier to call the two people still using it?

    Its going to be interesting to see how many pro windows mobile 10 people come out of the woodwork now to say how better it is than IOS.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2017
  5. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    What happened to all those Surface phone rumors?
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2017
    Really? Are there enough Windows phone users to make that a reality? I thought they were as rare as unicorns lol
  7. PhilHo macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2016
  8. nwcs macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2009
    Farewell Windows 10 mobile... From a developer point of view you were nice to work with but from a consumer point of view you were just not good. Now get the live tiles off of Windows 10 desktop...

    It does seem Microsoft is cutting its losses. First Edge, now this is going away. BizTalk is gone, I think. Maybe they’ll kill Sharepoint (please)....
  9. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    And it’s 100% Steve Ballmers fault.
  10. Gsmaniac macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2014
    Before she moved to iOS my mum had a Nokia lumia. I really enjoyed it and would have used it over Android any day. It’s a shame it didn’t take off.
  11. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    I’d be interesting to see how many active users are still out there. Can’t say I’ve seen anyone using a Windows phone in quite a long time and the newest hardware has got to be pushing 3 years old.
  12. darksithpro macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2016

    Agreed, It's been 2-3 years since I've seen anyone actually have one. Probably a few who just want a phone to make calls once in a while.
  13. Vetvito macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
    After a decade plus, and Microsoft even recommending people to move on...someone somewhere is still screaming it’s not a failure.

    Outside fanboys, we all knew it was an epic failure with the Ultra flat UI and no upgrade path from Windows Phone 6.5 to Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8.

    Remember the “it’s faster on a Windows Phone” campaigns?
  14. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Waiting for traditional Ballmer Laughs at iPhone video link....

    Edit: Nevermind
  15. ColdShadow macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2013
  16. 418 macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2015
    Pennywintingtonfarthingworth, UK
    That's funny - Apple have been convincing their users to switch to competitor products of late.
  17. bobenhaus macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    Not really if you think about it. All devices that run Windows 10 not counting PC's have either SIM cards or a WIFI connection ie: Xbox, Tablets, RF's, POS systems and other embedded or non embedded devices.. Now think about all the Window 10 PC's that are around 700+ million. I think MS is doing just fine. Also alot of people are using Skype, Messenger and other type VOIP devices to talk nowadays. So Mobile/Smart phones are not really needed anymore. Also all these windows 10 devices have a Windows 10 store and its improving all the time. Also MS is coming out with a folding and other devices with Windows 10. Innovation is what MS is doing with Windows 10. The future is getting brighter for Windows 10 devices all the time.
  18. lkrupp macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2004
    I remember Steve Ballmer laughing his butt off when the iPhone debuted. People here are quick to point out and revel in Apple’s “failures” but this colossal and monumental failure of Microsoft to even grab a piece of the mobile/wearable market is undoubtedly the tech failure story of the 21st century so far.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2017
    Well, that didn't work out too well for him, did it? haha
  20. rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    Still have 2 Lumias (525 and 635) in my old phone bin. Both are running Win 10 Mobile
    Decent OS, just came way too late. I blame Ballmer for their lack of vision.
  21. SenorMac macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2014
    You need two hands and both feet to count the number of music services, devices, phones, and PC platforms they've abandoned (sometimes weeks after introduction) since the iPod came along. Thanks for your money, get rekt. -Microsoft
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2017
    Things might be changing for MS, and sure they have the console and PC gaming market well and truly. Also, most businesses still use the cheaper PC's with WIN10, and WIN10 PC's are generally less expensive than Apple products. But in terms of the last decade they haven't had the best Cell Phone or Tablet OS on the market, at all. I hate working with MS products, but I have to. I prefer Linux and macOS by far. Also, in terms of privacy MS products are a nightmare.
  23. 7thson macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2012
    Six Rivers, CA
    A collective groan emanates from the ten people still using it. Seriously though, it’s unfortunate it didn’t last. It would be better for the consumer and the marketplace to have more competition.
  24. truthertech, Jan 18, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2019

    truthertech macrumors 68000

    Jun 24, 2016
    Part of the failed legacy of Gates and Ballmer. Gates is hailed as some sort of brilliant mind, but it was actually hard work and one momentous piece of luck with IBM adoption. They bought their original horrible OS for $30K from someone else and then had the great fortune to get IBM to license it, and the rest is history. When your OS is default for the manufacturers, it doesn't matter that it was terrible, and the money still pours in. Just like with Internet Explorer. They had a unique lack of vision, unlike Jobs. Kept tinkering with the horrible MS-DOS and couldn't envision things like GUI, mouse, etc. Windows concept was stolen from Apple and only Apple's poor IP protection in its licensing to MSFT kept MSFT from having to pay many billions.

    Gates and Ballmer missed on the two greatest innovations and game changers in tech history- the Internet, which Gates admitted he, after pushing from many employees went home one night to really explore the Internet and realized that they had to shift over to it- LOL. Of course, mobile computing was the other great item that they were clueless about, and they never recovered from. Ballmer suffered the final embarrassment of even after wasting $15 Billion on Nokia to try and get into mobile, not understanding the impact the iPhone would have and predicting its failure.

    Doesn't mean they weren't good business people and didn't work hard as they rode their monopoly to great profits, but that was despite not being innovative or visionary. After leaving Microsoft, Gates has a steady track record of not being able to envision the future, but because of his wealth is still hailed as some sort of genius and shows up on talk shows. A smart, but not brilliant mind. Ballmer, an average mind who took advantage of his opportunity of being one of first MSFT employees. Kudos for that.

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