Microsoft’s Windows Phone is officially dead as the company has now set a sunset date for the platform. The company advised customers using mobile phones running on the operating system to move to Android or iOS device. According to Microsoft, Windows Phone devices will no longer receive security on December 10 of this year.
Microsoft made this announcement via its support page titled “Windows 10 Mobile End of Support. While third party apps may continue to support Windows Apps, Microsoft will no longer support the platform.
The company wrote;
Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms.
For devices that are on Windows 10 Mobile version 1709 will receive security support, patches until December 10 while the Lumia 640 and 640 XL on version 1703 will only last through June 11. Microsoft advises those who still have a Windows smartphone to manually create a backup using the built-in tool before the sunset date. After that, the tool will be phased out. To perform an update head to Settings > Update & Security > Backup > More Options > Back up now.
In 2017, the world was shocked went Bill Gates made a switch from windows to Android. Also that same year, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, the company’s Corporate Vice President in the Experiences and Devices division, also admitted to switching from window phone to Android. According to Belfiore, Microsoft gave up on Windows Phone because developers never backed the platform. With this announcement, Windows phone just like Blackberry OS has officially lost the OS battle to Android, leaving just iOS on the race.