previously, Windows Phone seemed like a promising gadget worth keeping an eye out for as a potential competitor to Android and iOS. It had interesting integrations with Microsoft’s Office software suites among many other benefits. However,
On Microsoft’s Windows support page, Microsoft released
As of December 10, 2018, Windows 10 Mobile users are no longer eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft for free. Third parties or paid support programs may provide ongoing support, but it is important to recognize that Microsoft support will not publicly provide updates or patches for Windows 10 Mobile.
Apps, themselves will continue to be supported as they are independent of the OS Lifecycle policy.
If you still have Lumia 640, do not panic. It will still work with more unofficial apps
The Lumia phones was acquired by Microsoft from Nokia as part of Microsoft’s push into handsets.
years after the acquisition, Microsoft had to write off $7.6 billion and admitted it was a failure, according to a Computerworld report from 2015.
Microsoft’s plans for Windows and with factors, Microsoft
even encourages its users to switch to rival phone makers or operating systems.
“With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device,” reads one answer on Microsoft’s FAQ support page.
It is also worth noting from the FAQ that Microsoft mentions device backups will also fade away and it will happen within a few months time after support ends.
Keep in mind that although Microsoft has pretty much now conceded defeat in trying to bring Windows to handsets or devices with screen sizes below 7”, the Surface tablet lineup is still kicking. The tablets currently run Windows 10 S mode by default with potential upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.