Windows 10 turns five years old today, and many features have come and gone. One of those is an entire version of the OS, Windows 10 Mobile, which launched late and was killed off early.
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Today, Microsoft announced that it's going to be shutting down a big chunk of the consumer services that Cortana provides. Music, smart home, and third-party skills are all going away.
Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile was supposed to be sunsetted last month, but it was inexplicably revived for a month. Today, it should finally reach its end of support, with no more updates.
In the final Microsoft Weekly column of the year, we take a look at extensions for the new Edge, the arrival of the first Windows 10 vNext build, and the name of the next-gen Xbox. Catch up below.
As Microsoft previously announced, the company is shutting down the Windows Store on Windows Phone 8.1 devices today. The only way to get apps for your phone now it to upgrade to Windows 10.
Although the company said the operating system was officially no longer supported, it decided to change its mind on Windows 10 Mobile. The support cutoff has now been extended to mid-January.
Beyond the expected release of this month's Patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft also surprised everybody by unveiling its next-generation Xbox at The Game Awards. Be sure to catch up below.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it will be killing off the Office apps for Windows 10 Mobile; however, it turns out that the apps themselves won't be killed off on Windows 10 as a whole.
It's been a long time coming, but Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile will no longer be supported after today. It will get its final update with today's Patch Tuesday batch of cumulative updates.
In a support document published on Friday, Microsoft announced that it will be ending support for the Office apps on Windows 10 Mobile, but not until 2021, over a year after OS support ends.
It's the end of the line for Windows phones, and WhatsApp is still on board, but only until the end of the year. The app will stop working on Windows 10 Mobile beginning on December 31.
Microsoft published details of a security vulnerability in Windows 10 Mobile today that allows someone to access your photo library through Cortana on the lock screen. The issue will not be fixed.
Today, Microsoft announced yet another milestone for Windows 10 usage, as it's now installed on over 900 million devices. That includes PCs, Xbox, Surface Hub, HoloLens, and even phones.
Some images have surfaced online showing off HP's canceled Windows phone, which was apparently called the Pro x3. The device doesn't seem to be a flagship like the Elite x3 though.
As was announced last August, Microsoft will no longer be distributing app updates for devices running Windows Phone beginning today. You'll need to update to Windows 10 Mobile for apps.
This week, Rich and João talk about the possibility of running Android apps on Microsoft's Centaurus device, Microsoft's departure from Intel processors, and the mistakes made with Windows Phone.
If you've got a Microsoft Lumia 640 or Lumia 640 XL, your luck has run out. Support for Windows 10 Mobile version 1703 ends today, which means that you'll gets your last update at 10am PT.
Today on Twitter, the MS Office Insiders account confirmed that the Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 will get new icons, despite the suite of apps not receiving many new features.
A number of things happened this week, among which the reveal that 19H1 is going to be the May 2019 Update, some exciting gaming news, and more. Be sure to catch up via the handy guide below.
After it was originally reported that the Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile is going to be killed off, it has been confirmed that other Facebook apps, including Messenger, are also going away.
Facebook has started showing a notification in its Instagram app on Windows 10 Mobile, saying that the app is going to be discontinued at the end of the month. Users can log in via the browser.
Microsoft has posted a support document outlining its plans to retire streaming music from OneDrive in the Groove Music app for Windows 10. It's already retired for iOS and Android.
As was promised at last year's Build 2018 developer conference, Microsoft has updated its developer agreement to offer devs up to 95% revenue share from purchase made from deep links.
Through an apparent error, the Windows Device Recovery Tool has gone down meaning that anyone with a Windows 10 Mobile or HoloLens currently can't restore them back to factory setting.
If you've seen the videos of people running full Windows 10 on their Microsoft Lumia 950 or 950 XL, now you can try it for yourself. Here's how to install Windows on ARM on a Lumia.
Microsoft published on its website that the Wallet app for Windows phones will be retired at the end of next month. The service allowed people to organize their loyalty cards and make mobile payments.
Microsoft posted an end of support page for Windows 10 Mobile this week, saying that new backups for devices will stop working on March 10, 2020. The end of support date remains December 10.
A new report shows off Microsoft's unreleased feature phone in all its glory, and while the device has its own OS, it has a Windows Phone UI. The firm never released a Microsoft-branded feature phone.
The bootloader unlocking software for Windows 10 Mobile, aptly named Windows Phone Internals, has been made open source by the project's developer, René Lergner. The code is now available on GitHub.
Today is the day that all support ends for the Windows 10 Creators Update, also known as version 1703, along with the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update, also known as version 1607.
At a session involving the company's Office apps at Ignite 2018, Microsoft confirmed that its Office mobile app efforts are focused on iOS and Android, and the Windows 10 apps don't get new features.
The Wileyfox Pro is back in stock by popular demand according to Wileyfox PR. Wileyfox officially ceased production only last month but is now selling the device for £79.99 (~$106).
A Store listing has begun prompting all users running Windows 10 Mobile to update their PC as the Anniversary update nears the end of support. However, the prompt redirects to a PC update tool page.
The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of the Podcast Lounge app from Igneous Software is now available to download from the Microsoft Store for $6.89. It contains more than 90,000 podcasts.
Slack is dropping support for Windows Phone. The app will continue to be available for download from the Store, and will remain functional for the foreseeable future, but won't receive updates.
It seems that there's now only one Windows phone that's left being sold, as Microsoft today removed the Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 from its online store. That leaves the HP Elite x3.
Verizon today became the last official reseller to discontinue one of Microsoft's Lumia Windows phones. There are no longer any official channels in the United States where you can buy one.
The Twitter app on Windows 10 Mobile was updated to the PWA version today, similar to the one on Windows 10. However, since PWAs aren't supported on mobile, the update breaks notifications and more.
For the first time, all of the remaining Lumia handsets that were on sale at the Microsoft Store as recently as late February are now shown as 'Not Available' instead of 'Out of stock'.
Microsoft is discontinuing support for Skype for Business, Teams, and Yammer apps for Windows Phone. Development efforts will now be transitioned to the Android, iOS, and desktop counterparts.