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Microsoft reveals when support for Windows 10 Mobile will come to an end

Microsoft has revealed that the company will cease to support Windows 10 Mobile in January 2019. The company has yet to roll the release out to consumers, but already we have an idea as to when we can expect to see those still rocking this version of the OS to cease receiving support. As well as the date, Microsoft has also published details as to what kind of support the mobile operating system will receive.

"Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System, including security updates, for a minimum of 24 months after the lifecycle start date. These updates will be incremental, with each update built on the update that preceded it. Customers need to install each update in order to remain supported."

For the time being, you'll need to hold off for Windows 10 Mobile, unless you're either an Insider or have the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. It's an important date to note as this will be when the initial release of Windows 10 Mobile will hit end-of-life. More details can be found on the Microsoft website.

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab), via: WinBeta

Rich Edmonds
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256 Comments
  • Before someone wonders without reading the news.. the upgrade of the OS like GDR1 will push the End of Life further than the current set date!
  • And its a minimum of 24 months. Actual support could be longer. They are guaranteeing you 24mo.
  • Oh come on you ruined all the fun!!! I just went to comments to see whining kids :(   EDIT: lucky for me there are a lot of stupid people below that could not read neither the article nor your comment :D WCentral please correct this clickbait title, or remove the article altoghether !
  • Windows 10 will replace Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft will go all in with the new Surface Phone, Intel x86, phone UI lifted from W10M in phone mode then full Windows 10 and Win32 with Continuum. Message and Phone app already there in Windows 10 as well as the other UWP apps. Game changer.
  • Followed by the return of Tupac.
  • Classic Tupac statement haha
  • But that can't be. Tupac is Caput. Gettit? Tupac spelled backwards? Ah never mind...
  • LMAO!
  • This just means that if someone installs windows 10 mobile at release, and never downloads any updates, Microsoft will stop supporting the old version of Windows 10 on their phone in 2018. If you keep your phone up-to-date, you shouldn't have any issues with compatibility. Windows 10 will not replace Mobile. Mobile needs its own version which does special phone-y things like make calls, and is built around 4-5.7" devices.
  • OK and? Desktop apps for Smsrtphone??? AND NOW THIS IS GOOD? This is Good Only with smartTV. For Mobile? Universal APP FOR NOW SUCKSSSSSS. Microsoft Windows 10 mobile apps is nothing. Android support stop. SO WTF doing Microsoft with NEW AMAZING PHONE (for apps)????? NOTHINGGGGGGGGG. AND YES THIS IS TRUE.
  • id reply but i dont understand what your saying can you confirm with coheasive sentances plse.   If you are asking whats a good windows phone for you to use id recomend the 930 or even the 830 both are great phones.  And if your asking about universal apps then yes you can use universal apps on windows 10 on both these devises when it comes out officially.
  • So what happens after win10 end of support? I thought win10 was for life.
  • Its contingent on sales by that time whether or not well see a reboot of wm/w
  • You could not be any more incorrect.
  • After Windows 10 Mobile is released, it will receive regulary updates. Windows 10.1 Mobile will be available sometime, but users who do not update to the latest version, and stay on 10.0 will have guaranteed support (updates, security updates, software compatibility) for 24 months. After that, if they still haven't upgraded, they may get fewer updates and may not be able to use new features. I.E. you can't use touch-and-hold on an iPhone 5s that's running iOS8, you have to update to the newest version.
  • The article makes none of the above clear though does it? In any case I was under the impression that the weren't going to be any "versions" of windows 10, just updates to the same o.s. So then in the future we're going to see versions like windows 10.278 etc if it just keeps going up?
  • They don't release the date when the OS will come out of beta* ... But they let us know the end of support ..
  • Windows Phone 8.1 is officially supported to 7/11/17 but the last major update for WP8.1 was in 2014.  So if history repeats itself . . .
  • Do the maths: A minimum of 24 months suport, as cited by the article, means a release NO LATER than January 2016. Along with the fact they've been unofficially hinting at a December release time, that's not bad. Besides, it's Windows. You don't install the new version on release day, anyway.
  • And you should install iOS 9?
  • They said W10 (the first version) will be supported for 24 months after its release, ending in January 2018. If you count back 24 months from then, you get December 2015.
  • #doomsaying #fuelingnegativitytowardsMS
     
  • Unbelievable! We have an end date before a release date. SMH.
  • ^ this
  • Actually, you can't have one without the other. The end date is 24 months after the release, whenever that is (supposed to be December).
  • You can buy a 950/950XL with it preloaded.  It has been released.  It's not perfect but it's released.
  • shame  the 950 and 950 xl dont look premieum for me.  I hate the camera pretruding, the plastic shell and nope i dont feel third party alternatives is a acceptable option for a flag ship, shame cause they got the specs spot on, shame the body of the phone isnt.  But windows 10 on their phones have linked email im told.  I hope i get that back on my windows 10 lumia 930 casue i miss it loads.  Wheres gestures.  Do 950s or 950 xl have gestures back?  
  • Its already running it seem they aren't encouraging people, unless its an official like the l950 or insider. I personally think all the different extra device's would more likely great a problem not needed, I might be wrong but I doubt it.
  • This is how they work, and it's the very reason why IMHO this article shouldn't have been published, as it's promoting a piece of information that does nothing but confuse and worry people, all because it's communicating an internal policy of the workings of the company.
  • It's really not confusing. It's pretty darn straight forward. Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • Didn't know you can do one post from different devices! Amazing!
  • ROFLMAO
  • Speak it!
  • This gives you the release date in an arse about face kind of way.
  • It's like proclaiming your child's date of death before he is born. Nice parenting.
  • I think its more like saying when you will cut your kid off financially and expect him to get the hell out of the house. However, some kids just stick around using resources that could be used for better things.
  • I'm a bit confused even after reading lol
  • Same here.
  • Me too. But I was before reading, so no harm no foul.
  • Kinda easy, they support each version of the product for 24 months. Since they update every some months the OS the 24 months period will start from zero each time you'll update.
  • Each version, ok, but will 10 Mobile have different versions or just updates?
  • Updates ARE different versions, 10 is the major version of this software but the version number is composed by many numbers). You do not update the OS without changing the version too :) The whole thing is explained (badly) by this: "Customers need to install each update in order to remain supported." The whole article is a mess, the title is too.
  • I'm REALLY confused after reading your comment...
  • Read other response above :)
  • Easy, in 2019 Windows 10 mobile becomes Android.
  • They're waiting for Google to reach the letter W for Android.
  • Android version 10.0 : Windows
    But we cant eat Windows so not gonna happen :p
  • yeh your not alone same here.
  • I'm confused by this, so Windows 10 is supposed to be like the end all windows, and if they already have a kill date for Mobile when they will stop updating it is this forshadowing that they want to end Windows Phone? What about the surface phone? will it come out with only 12 months of Windows 10 Mobile support left?
  • Basically it's just saying you'll need to update your phone in order to have support past 2018. If you don't update the phone at all after it gets RTM'd you won't get support.
  • I think its more of the current version of the OS. By then we will likely have a 10.1 or something and that will be supported till 2019/2020 and so forth
  • Windows as a service, that's what the cheerleaders were touting.   Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows, they said.  Just click bait or what? The extended service support end date for Windows 10 is 10/14/25.
  • That's end of life date for Win10 Mobile "RTM" (we can't use this name anymore idk why), when they release Win10M Redstone, we'll have a new end of life date. But they need to publish a date because of old devices (they can't support old devices forever).
  • First release OS, later u can speak about other dates...
  • Yes, please ask Mr.Shetty before you can say anything.
  • Yes, please ask Mr.Shetty before you say anything.
  • What will happen after the end date? Would another iteration of Windows Mobile come out?
  • Basically it's just saying you'll need to update your phone in order to have support past 2018. If you don't update the phone at all after it gets RTM'd you won't get support.
  • The device will self destruct
  • This ^ XD
  • ROFL!!! :D
  • Service Pack 1/2/3 etc. Or Threshold 1/2/3 as they're calling it.   Just like XP, XP SP1, XP SP2, XP SP3
  • Bull shit
  • This just means that if someone installs windows 10 mobile at release, and never downloads any updates, Microsoft will stop supporting the old version of Windows 10 on their phone in 2018. If you keep your phone up-to-date, you shouldn't have any issues with compatibility.
  • They havent rels yet ,, wp 10 officialy fr all devices,,bt they make a final date to end of wp 10 .. Woo verry good .news .. Bloody ms .... ... No news about wp 10 rels date ...
  • This just means that if someone installs windows 10 mobile at release, and never downloads any updates, Microsoft will stop supporting the old version of Windows 10 on their phone in 2018. If you keep your phone up-to-date, you shouldn't have any issues with compatibility.
  • Not sure why WC is using WinBeta as a source when links to the Microsoft page were posted in the WC WM10 forums before this article was posted.
  • I believe, that they acknowledge that WinBeta posted the news first
  • Stellar article. I really appreciate the time you took to let your readers know possible logistics of why windows would be talking about an end date for the OS.
  • Might be a little too controversial for a fan site like WC.  They usually let other sites dive in first.
  • Funny as hell, no release date but there's an end date?? Who are we kidding?
  • Rich, you should edit the post to say the base version of the OS will remain supported until 2018 but any updates after that extend the support lifecycle in big bold letters either at the top or the bottom of the article.
  • And then this would not be a click bait. Like the article about quarterly sales labeled as market share. They spread misinformation just to get clicks lately. Money is money I gues...
  • So... minimum 24 months starting from january, means that the release date will be january 2016? I don't care that much because i have been using w10 as an insider on my daily driver for almost six months now... so official release date won't bring nothing new, I guess...
  • What I understood is that the next 24 months all updates will not be commulative. But you could apply all patches to upgrade from 10240/10586. Then you might not be able to.
  • I don't get it.
  • Then read the above comments
  • Wow. The end of Windows Mobile. It appears Android and Apple are the Winners in the mobile division. Why bother upgrading to the 950? Wow.
  • What are you talking about? When's the last supportive update you've seen for Jellybean or iOS7? All this means is that Win10, if left exactly as is on a phone (RTM) will receive no security-type updates after 2018. By then 10.whatever will be out.
  • In fact, read this to see how Google is winning, not: http://a.msn.com/r/2/AAfUUBc?ocid=News And this too see how Apple is winning, not: http://a.msn.com/r/2/BBneqN6?ocid=News Windows 10 FTW
  • Good conclusion!   NOT
  • Erm no. End of Windows 10 Mobile RTM. Windows 10 Mobile Threshold 1, 2 etc. (Or whatever they decide to call it), will still be supported.
  • I don't think you undestood what you read...go back and read it a few timews... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hilarious is the word!
  • They freaked me out with the headline :D
  • Good way to get new customers for the Lumia 950 twins Microsoft! Make headlines about the end of Windows 10 Mobile, before it's even here for 99.999% of users! And this after the wacko rollout of the 950. Is there anything Microsoft can't bungle?
  • Lately?  No.  Windows 10 is a disaster.  I fear for the company.
  • Lol, how does this effect the 950s? You read the year right, 2018... Do you plan on keeping a 950 for over 2 years even after the surface phone comes out?
  • Correct. I keep 920 for over 2 years.
  • If bought on contract then yes. For the rest of us. No. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • What?
    I need some fresh air. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Wtf. So does it mean windows phone will end also?
  • I wonder what will microsoft offer after 24 months :/....i thought windows 10 was here to live forever as a service!!
  • After that you will see a new Window, Windows 18.
    Hahahahaha
    #UDP
  • You wrote it correctly. Windows 10. Not Windows 10 Mobile ;)
  • That's the good thing about a service: You can cancel it anytime without prior notice.
  • Windows 10 will replace Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft will go all in with the new Surface Phone, Intel x86, phone UI lifted from W10M in phone mode then full Windows 10 and Win32 with Continuum. Message and Phone app already there in Windows 10 as well as the other UWP apps. Game changer.
  • This!
  • Careful. You might frighten the clueless and the uninformed with that bit of rational thinking... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Oh ok, that's so cool. So they'll reboot Windows Phone for the what? fourth time?
  • Richard, the WinBeta article says January 2019. NINETEEN. It 's even in the tables from the leaked doc.
    Edit: Weird, the WinBeta table even reads 36 months of support, but going to MS' support page January 2018 and 24 months of support is mentioned. One year is a big change.
  • Just stick to WC :)
  • Direct OS support is 24 months. Security updates will probably extend to 36 months and then only critical updates after that... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This is when SUPPORT ends. Windows 10 Mobile won't last that long. By that time Microsoft will be out of the mobile game and the only thing remotely close to a "Microsoft mobile experience" will be, hopefully, small full Windows 10 devices that can also make calls but that are more a "computer on a stick" (disguised as phone) whose main purpose is to connect to displays and peripherals (ie. Continuum without the limitations of WP). You should see this definitive death of WP10 (or W10M, whatever) as soon as the Surface Phone arrives. From that moment on you can start to think of WP10 as Windows RT. It will continue to work and you'll get support for a couple of years more but that's it.
  • Oohhhhh, still hurting because Nokia don't make phones. Please, just get over it and move on!
  • Oohhhh, still hurting because Windows Phone completely sunk since Nokia left... Please, just get over it and move on! 
  • Well, no hurt at all when you compare the disadvantages of Androids fragmented system to W10. http://a.msn.com/r/2/AAfUUBc?ocid=News Windows Phone/Mobile is a pillar of the future and Microsoft will continue until success is achieved. The next step being Windows 10 on all devices, and that means the Surface Phone.
  • Technically, Nokia's employees are still making phones. It's just that now they are working for Microsoft, as Nokia was unable to remain profitable or compete even though they had a strong fan base. Even had they chosen to go with Android on their phones, they would not have been competitive with Samsung, HTC and LG.
  • I would add Sony to the competition Nokia would be in competition with. Interesting article relating to current Android phone manufacturers: http://a.msn.com/r/2/AAfVjOg?ocid=News
  • You linked to an article named "Why Android users often suffer from app envy" ...on a Windows Mobile article.   The irony is just too delicious.
  • LOL - true, but I was comparing the W10 platform in comparison to the fragmented Android platform. I believe Apple may see similar problems in the future: http://a.msn.com/r/2/BBneqN6?ocid=News
  • Going from W10M to Surface Phone will be like it was going from WP7.5 to WP8?  Only if it is a Surface Phone that runs win32 apps.  Then there wouldn't be as much need for UWP.
  • That's the entire point of a Surface Phone I think. To be able to run win32 programs. Doesn't make UWP useless...but doesn't depend on that strategy to have a chance. W10M is DOA and UWP are the only hope it has for a slight ressurection. If UWP fails (as I believe it will) Microsoft needs a plan B.
  • UWP would still be the foundation of the OS/ecosystem. There is a reason that core windows apps are being moved to UWP. It's the future for Windows, and it has a lot of benefits over win32 both for consumers, and Microsoft.
  • Basically, if you upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile and you dont install future updates, you will hit the end of life of that build. However, if you upgrade to, say 10.1 in the future, the EOL date will be pushed back. Nothing surpising/new here, beause they have done this before with Windows 8 / 8.1. So nothing much to moan about here. Move along, move along. 
  • oh em gee That logic and truth cannot be used in the comments here. What are the whiners going to do all day now!
  • Right? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • They'll probably go chip in on that "I'm returning my 950 XL" forum thread.
  • They will probably have the finished product ready in December 2017! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Relax guys... If you go to the link the end date is for "Windows 10 MOBILE" if what we are hearing about the intel processor in windows phone going forward is accurate, then there is a good chance they will be running "Windows 10" not the MOBILE os we have on the 950xl right now. Essentially this is the same as getting rid of RT and going to one OS on everything like they have been saying for years now.
  • Yup, that's how I'm reading it...
  • No. Unbelievable how much people are reading into this. EOL comes for all software/OS versions. This just means people will need to update their devices to 10.1, 11 or whatever succeeds 10 if they want continued support. This is no different than them saying you can't stay on XP forever and expect patches to come for eternity.
  • Although you may be right about a more unified Windows in the future, that's not what this means. Just as Android is still around, but there aren't many updates from Google for Froyo, Windows Mobile will still be around in 2019, but it may be WM10.1 or 10.2. All this is saying is that if you don't do any updates after installing 10.0, you may have compatibility issues after 2017.
  • Im sure some people thought there was a future for RT too after they found a way to put full Windows on a fanless tablet... But just like Windows Mobile, why would you have a "Mobile" OS when the full Windows OS can do everything it can do and more. Personally, I think if they manage to pull off full Windows on a phone, Windows Mobile is redundant.
  • Well, with rumors of the surface phone and intel working with it... I bet the master plan is to have all future phones support continuum and have a full version of windows running on a phone. My guess is something like tablet mode when using the phone and then windows 10 as we know it with continuum...
  • This just means that if someone installs windows 10 mobile at release, and never downloads any updates, Microsoft will stop supporting the old version of Windows 10 on their phone in 2018. If you keep your phone up-to-date, you shouldn't have any issues with compatibility.
  • Meanwhile, Verizon makes big announcement Summer 2016 they're all in for Windows again, actually launches WP mid Q4 2017.
  • Awesome. I don't see what this has to do with the stiry. But Good for you.... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • All in for Windows again? Meaning they want an exclusive, they'll carry it for a week but their employees will tell people not to buy it, they'll delay the release of updates by two years, then they'll complain when MS doesn't give them an exclusive on the next one?
  • The os is not yet released to the end consumer yet. And the next thing is the validity of the os. What message is ms trying to send to the consumer.
  • That they have a support schedule for a new OS. Just like they have had for every previous version? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This just means that if someone installs windows 10 mobile at release, and never downloads any updates, Microsoft will stop supporting the old version of Windows 10 on their phone in 2018. People who regular download available updates will be on version 10.1 or 10.2 before 2018 and those will have their own 24 month cycle.
  • I salute your patience, Jeddic.
  • Well, they just managed to take something from the internet completely out of context..... Just read what's stated at the microsoft page, it is saying something completely different!
  • What if, it's more along the lines of Windows 10 mobile on ARM chipsets. The possibility of Full Windows 10 on a phone is likely their real vision, using intel chipsets, makinig it a true contuum experience. Everyone has phones, computer hardware and technology keeps getting better and smaller so it would be a shot in the head if Microsoft were to leave the mobile phone/computer out of their future. There's nothing to prevent them from doing that.
  • Goodbye W10 mobile - Hello Windows 10 ;)
  • Mobile Windows 10? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Although I know many are hoping for desktop 10 on their phones, that's not what this is saying. This just means that if someone installs windows 10 mobile at release, and never downloads any updates, Microsoft will stop supporting the old version of Windows 10 on their phone in 2018. People who apply updates on their phones will be on a later version by 2018.
  • Don't worry MS, many of Lumia users will acquire NOKIA PHONES.
  • Lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This just means that if someone installs windows 10 mobile at release, and never downloads any updates, Microsoft will stop supporting the old version of Windows 10 on their phone in 2018. If you keep your phone up-to-date, you shouldn't have any issues with compatibility.
  • FUD FUD FUD, FUDDITY FUD...
  • Then windows 11
    Just like ios and android Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Android is highly fragmented and Apple is running two OS's. Windows 10 on all devices is the opposite!
  • This just means that if you don't get the available updates before 2018, you may have compatibility issues. Users who apply updates will be on a later version of Win10 Mobile before 2018.
  • MS is so slow at giving features.. But faster at ending devices and support
  • So we know end of WP 10. But why we cant know at first official release date of WP 10?
  • This just means that if someone installs windows 10 mobile at release, and never downloads any updates, Microsoft will stop supporting the old version of Windows 10 on their phone in 2018. If you keep your phone up-to-date, you shouldn't have any issues with compatibility. But based on this announcement, if you count 24 months back from January 2018 you get to December 2015, I think.
  • This does not mean the end of Windows Mobile, just a specific version of W10M.
  • The title and content really need to be clarified.  The people that don't read the article don't understand what this is saying and will only cause the usual panic mode to set in. Just to be 100% clear:  Windows 10 Mobile has a ROLLING end of life.  That means each update has an end of life 2 years after it is release.  They are talking about version 1 of Windows 10 Mobile.  When version 1.1 gets release then the end of life for that update is 2 years out.  So as long as the keep updating the OS then it will never hit end of life. This is the way it has always been for each OS.  Nothing has changed.  Nothing is being abandoned.  Take a deep breath....  
  • So is there going to be a WP8.2?
  • There was a similar confusion when WC started posting about EOL for Windows 10 on desktop too, IIRC.
  • I read the headline thinking that windows 10 mobile launched overnight or something, and Microsoft just now announced a date to end support. That was my train of thought, then I read the article. I don't understand their tactics at all.
  • The third paragraph in this article just told me to leave Windows mobile as a platform all together! I mean, Rich states that we hold off on Win10M, unless we are insiders or own the 950 siblings. That by itself will scare off any development of the platforms growth. You basically should run a Beta OS or grab "two" phones that will be supported for two years. This is some sad ass news! So much for new devices to come in the future due to not know what changes the new OS will bring. I'm mean look at the upgrade pattern thus far 7/7.5/8/8.1 and question mark on the two phones running an unreleased Win 10...... Question of the day Nexus, Motorola or IPhone?
  • Hahahah Never like Google:
    http://a.msn.com/r/2/AAfUUBc?ocid=News Never like Apple:
    http://a.msn.com/r/2/BBneqN6?ocid=News Windows 10 - one OS to rule them all
  • Motorola. They have thus cool, kinda 80s name: mo-to... ro... la.