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Microsoft ends Windows 10 mobile, won’t support it after December 10

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Windows phones were once a phenomenon amongst youngsters and elders alike. It was different from Android and IOS and people who were looking for different were using Windows phones. The operating system was interactive and it had one of the most good-looking and minimalistic user interfaces. Windows phones were mostly powered by Nokia and HTC. There were many phones lined up and Microsoft was coming out with their Surface phones.

However, every plan came to a standstill when they struggled convincing major app companies to make applications for Windows Operation System. A prime example of this is Snapchat, many applications eventually made it to the Windows platform but Snapchat never released its app for Windows users. There were many such applications and this made users lose faith in Windows phones.

It is a circle to be very honest. Applications won’t launch if the OS doesn’t have enough users and users won’t go for the operating system if there aren’t enough applications. This is what happened to the Windows phone. They failed to attract applications and thus Microsoft scrapped all its plans for new phones and have taken another huge step.

Exactly a week before today, it had announced its end of support for Windows 7. A week later, Microsoft, on its End of Support page has announced the end of its support for Windows 10 mobile. The Windows 10 mobile users will stop getting any kind of updates from December 10 of this year. In 2017, NYPD officers had seized around 36 thousand windows phones and replaced the same with iPhones and Android devices.

This new is just heartbreaking for Windows phone users. Microsoft has asked its users to shift to Android or iOS. The statement said that it is better their users use Windows applications on Android and iOS. The statement also revealed that Cortana is not in competition with Alexa, Google Assistant or even Siri for that matter.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft said that Cortana should be a skill you can use on any platform. You should be able to use it on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri just as one can use its applications on Android and iOS. The statement read, “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.”

-Unmesh Phule

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