Windows 10 October update is finally rolling out to everyone, again

by Linda Olson January 21, 2019, 2:17
Windows 10 October update is finally rolling out to everyone, again

Windows 10 Mobile users stopped getting new features and non-security related updates in October 2017 with version 1709.

Just a couple months earlier, the NYPD swapped out over 36,000 Windows Phones for iPhones after it seemed likely that the Windows Mobile platform would be phased out eventually. Starting December 10, 2019 your devices will no longer be able to receive security or software updates on the OS, and Microsoft will no longer provide support should issues arise. Settings backups will continue until March 10, 2020, along with backups for select apps. It's even worse if you own a Microsoft Lumia or Lumia XL: June 11, 2019 will be the last date those devices are supported.

According to both CNBC and Thurrott, Microsoft has basically killed Windows 10 Mobile.

For Windows 10 Mobile users now looking to make the switch to Android or iOS devices, we'd recommend the OnePlus 6T, Samsung Galaxy S9, or Google Pixel 3 for Android phones.

Microsoft said that after the end of support deadline, some important features may stop working.

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Those who've recently purchased the Windows 10 Mobile phone have been advised to discuss reimbursement or refund with the retailers. Alongside the company is also building apps that would work across foldable as well as dual screen devices. Instead, you'll have to plug Cortana into the Assistant you already use. At a media event reported by Business Insider (via OnMSFT), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company wants to position Cortana as a skill for Alexa and Google Assistant, opening up valuable integrations for Office 365 subscribers.

Since Windows 10's inception Cortana has been directly integrated into the search bar. Microsoft also acquired Nokia's mobile unit so that it could build Windows Phone products internally. Potentially, its surface phone project, "Andromeda", could potentially be canceled as the company moves on to other ventures.

Microsoft Office products are available on both iPhones and Android and thanks to its partnership with Samsung, numerous Galaxy smartphones have Office products pre-installed.

Microsoft is now in the middle of repositioning Cortana on Windows 10, including separating it from search and silencing the digital assistant during setup.

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