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

Yolanda Curtis
January 19, 2019

Owners of the phones "will no longer be eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft for free", it warns. Given the company's recent embrace of Linux, open-source and third-party software in general, it's at least on brand.

In this Windows 10 Mobile FAQ, the company includes this note: "With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support [planned for December 10], we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device". There's still that mythical Surface Phone out there, but chances are that will be more of a Mini PC than a real competitor to Google and Apple.

Further, a Microsoft support page noted that Windows 10 Mobile version 1709, released in Octobober 2017, was the last update.

Microsoft will stop issuing security updates to smartphones running Windows 10 Mobile on December 10, 2019, and it officially recommends you switch to Android or iOS devices by that time. You can get all of Microsoft's apps on both platforms now, and that's where it says Windows Phone users should look.

As before, Microsoft goes on to reiterate that the October 2019 Update is, "Fully available for advanced users who manually select "Check for updates" via Windows Update".

If you're holding on for dear life to a Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile phone, you have less than a year to upgrade to something else.

Microsoft caught us all off guard with a 2017 announcement of an unlikely union between the company's veteran virtual assistant and its Amazon-developed arch-rival.

It also chose to drop the company's mantra "mobile-first, cloud-first".

All the same, it's clear Microsoft wants to move Windows 10 Mobile fans on. However, features like photo uploads may continue to work for an additional 12 months after the end of support.

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