The end of Windows 10 is nigh, as Microsoft plans to end support for the smartphone. The Windows 10 model, also known as the Windows Phone, will no longer receive the necessary updates to protect the phone against bugs or support customers. Microsoft has even suggested users switch over to previous competition such as iOS or Android.
The news was first reported by Thurott.com who spotted the recent support page appear on Microsoft’s site entitled “Windows 10 Mobile End of Support: FAQ.” This page runs through the company’s plan to reduce the support over the upcoming months.
Users still on Windows 10 smartphones will find the 1709 version (the latest operating system) will receive no further updates. This means that Windows phone owners will no longer get any new security updates, hot fixes, support options or online technical support from December 10th 2019 from Microsoft. These users may, however, be able to get the help they need from third party companies who will assist the remaining Window phone users. To note, Windows 10 phones still using 1703 will only be supported until June 11th 2019.
After the finalisation of support updates, automatic and manual backups for settings and apps will continue up to March 10th 2020.
While people will still be able to use the devices themselves, the continued use of these phones after the dates mentioned above could pose some serious security risks for the user and their data. It’s no wonder that Microsoft is advising people to switch over their phones before the support ends.
Is this the start of Microsoft leaving the smartphone market? We think not! Reports continue to discuss the rumoured, foldable Surface phone (also referred to as Andromeda). Forbes recently reported on the company update as a filed patent suggests the hardware will be a hybrid between the ever-popular Surface tablets with smartphones. Microsoft is actively exploring how the device will work on a dual-screen while still offering a seamless OS experience.
These innovative products will undoubtedly come in at higher retail prices, so it’s understandable that many will be asking how to protect such smartphones from damage. It will be no surprise that companies, like ours, are working to produce foldable mobile phone screen protectors in anticipation of these devices which are set to become the next craze.
The only questions left are how long we will have to wait for Microsoft to release this exciting product to the market, and whether they will be able to release it in line with Samsung and Huawei, who are releasing foldable devices to the public this year.