Microsoft gives Windows 10 Mobile a little extra time before the end

Microsoft will give Windows 10 Mobile one last Patch Tuesday update before saying goodbye forever.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

For the past year Microsoft has been warning Windows 10 Mobile users that after the December 10 Patch Tuesday there would be no more updates. But, now, Microsoft has decided to give its old mobile operating system one more month before pulling the plug on it for good. 

Windows Latest spotted the new timeline, which Microsoft quietly posted in a Friday update to its original support page for the December 10 update KB4522812

"Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 will reach end of service on January 14, 2020. Devices running Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates that contain protection from the latest security threats," Microsoft states. 

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Microsoft's original FAQ on the Windows 10 Mobile end of support page still states December 10 as the cut-off date. 

"Your Windows 10 Mobile device should continue to work after December 10, 2019, but there will be no updates after that date (including security updates) and device backup functionality and other backend services will be phased out as described above," it currently states

The only notable thing about the new January 14 cut-off is that it now aligns with the end of free support for Windows 7, which gets its last patch on that date. After that, Microsoft will start pushing full-screen security warnings on Windows 7 PCs. But there's no obvious connection between Windows 7 and Windows 10 Mobile.  

Microsoft has gradually been switching off the lights on Windows Phone infrastructure over the past year. Yesterday it killed the app store for Windows Phone 8.1. In October Microsoft was encouraging Windows Phone 8.1 users with Lumia devices to update to Windows 10 Mobile.  

Microsoft's next move in mobile does not involve a homegrown operating system. Next year it will launch the dual-screen Windows 10X Neo and the Android-powered Duo.

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