Software giant Microsoft has announced that it will be ending support for its Windows 10 Mobile platform and because of this, it has asked its users to move to either Android or iOS operating systems. The company has published an ‘End of Support’ page, in which it has specified that security updates will stop getting rolled out to the Windows 10 Mobile platform after December 2019. So, users have at least eleven months to switch to another operating system.
The company wrote on its ‘End of Support’ page, “With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device. Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices.”
The company has also mentioned that its digital assistant Cortana is not in direct competition with Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant anymore. Speaking about it, CEO Satya Nadella said, “Cortana needs to be that skill for anybody who’s a Microsoft 365 subscriber. You should be able to use it on Google Assistant, you should be able to use it on Alexa, just like how you use our apps on Android and iOS, so that’s at least how we want to think about where it’ll go.”
In 2017, it was reported by the New York City Police Department scrapped 36,000 Windows phones and replaced them with iPhones. This was done after it was first acknowledged that Microsoft would be ending support for its Windows mobile platform.
It is also worth noticing that last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hinted that the company is planning to launch Microsoft 365 for consumers. He was quoted saying, “I think about Microsoft 365 as a two-sided market. What we are doing with Office 365 or what we will soon be talking about as Microsoft 365 consumer subscriptions, those would be again completely consumer businesses.”
Reports also suggested that the software giant’s CEO hinted that for consumers, Office 365 will be renamed to Microsoft 365. However, as of now, no date of Microsoft 365 getting rolled out has been revealed.