Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 Mobile Office apps in 2021

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Microsoft acknowledged back in 2017 that it would no longer be developing Windows Phone.

"Beginning today, we will slowly start the phased process to automatically initiate a feature update for devices running the October 2018 update (Windows 10, version 1809) Home and Pro editions, keeping those devices supported and receiving the monthly updates that are critical to device security and ecosystem health".

While some will deride Microsoft's attempts at its own mobile platform, some will remember Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Phone 8 with fond memories, although probably mixed with some bitter ones. We already knew that technical support for the mobile operating system would end on December 10th, 2019 (yep, that's tomorrow).

While we understand the need for some businesses to run Windows 7 we really recommend upgrading to Windows 10. While that's still more than a year away, it comes after Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 Mobile on December 10, 2019. The end of support date applies to all Windows 10 Mobile products, including Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise.

As many business and enterprise users are not able to switch from Windows 7 before EoS, Microsoft introduced a paid-for service called Extended Security Updates (ESU) that allows licensed users to continue to receive security updates.

Microsoft in November began inviting interested developers to its preview program so it could "share how developers can unlock this new era of mobile creativity" without having to change too much code in existing apps.

Of course, Microsoft is gearing up for the release of its new dual-screen Surface mobile devices, which consist of the Android Surface Duo and the Windows 10X Surface Neo.



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