Published: Mon, January 21, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Microsoft 365 might replace Office 365 soon, but what is it exactly?

Microsoft 365 might replace Office 365 soon, but what is it exactly?

There's no better indication that the Windows phone is dead than a support document recently published by Microsoft itself.

According to a Microsoft support page, "Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 (released October 2017) is the last release of Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft will end support on December 10, 2019".

Windows 8.1 mobile support ended in July 2017, and 10 mobile has been on its deathbed for years.

The big picture: Windows 10 Mobile has been on life support for years and while we can't say that it's a surprise to see support winding down, it's an important development nevertheless. Microsoft advised users to move to an Android or iOS device as Windows 10 Mobile support winds down.

Both Microsoft and third-party apps on Windows Mobile devices have a different support system and are separate from the general operating system support.

Microsoft is officially ending support for Windows 10 Mobile devices in December 2019. Existing Windows 10 Mobile users will now have to choose between iOS and Android for their smartphone needs.

Customers who plan to run devices with Windows 10 Mobile after support end are encouraged to craete manual backups; this is done under Settings Update & Security Backup More Options Back up now. Alongside the company is also building apps that would work across foldable as well as dual screen devices.

Earlier this week, Microsoft finally separated Cortana from Windows Search in the latest Windows 10 Insider build, and this change is expected to roll out to all users with the upcoming 19H1 update. Skype and WhatsApp had also withdrawn their services from phones run on Windows. However, the real reason is that Microsoft found it too hard to attract developer love like Apple and Google. You can make suggestions on the Gaming on Windows 10 Xbox Ideas page.

In addition, features such as automatic photo upload and restoring from a backup may stop working within 12 months after March 10, 2020.

Interestingly, Microsoft has worked hard on cross-platform support for their leading products such as Microsoft Word and entire Office suite.

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