Microsoft recommends switching to iPhone or Android as it prepares to pull plug on Windows phones

“Microsoft says anyone who still uses its Windows 10 mobile platform — once called Windows Phone — should switch over to an iPhone or an Android phone,” Todd Haselton writes for CNBC.

“Microsoft said that on Dec. 10, 2019, it will stop sending ‘new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or technical content updates from Microsoft for free,'” Haselton writes. “‘With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device,’ Microsoft said. ‘Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices.'”

Haselton writes, “The company once had huge plans for Windows on mobile devices, particularly when it refreshed the operating system in 2010 and launched Windows Phone 7.”

MacDailyNews Note: Said plans failed to materialize.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iPhone roadkill.

Throw another funeral, Microsoft. For yourselves.

Microsoft only added Android into their recommendation in order to provide comfort their Windows sufferers who are exceedingly familiar with insecure platforms and who have a pathological need to make life more difficult for themselves for no good reason whatsoever.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone failure was easily preventable, but the company’s culture made it unavoidable – July 26, 2017
Microsoft pulls plug on consumer smartphones, axes another 1,850 jobs – May 25, 2016
Cue the funeral for Microsoft’s Windows Phone – April 22, 2016
Microsoft holds iPhone funeral procession to celebrate upcoming Windows Phone 7 release (w/ video) – September 10, 2010

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


  1. No surprise, Windows Phone died long before Steve Jobs did. I go way back with Microsoft Mobile to Windows CE on the HP Journada, and Windows Mobile OS has always been dog crap.

  2. “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance,” said Ballmer. “It’s a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I’d prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get.”

  3. “that building our early versions of Windows Phone on an incomplete Windows CE platform, designed for small embedded systems, left us too hobbled to ever catch up”

    Two things 1) Jobs had the brains to use the best part OS X to create iOS and to make iOS just for the iPhone and 2) I’ve had exactly 1 Windows CE device and it sucked. I had a Pioneer navigation system and the brains of that- the part that actually did the navigation- was excellent but the underlying operating system was flat out dangerous to use while driving. This is not unusual in “embedded systems”- ToyotaEntune from 2014 is almost just as bad. It is unusable.

    However, in Windows Phone there is one concept that makes sense: communication from all your contacts is in one place, ie if they are communicating by voice, text, email or various social media it is all in one place. On a Mac, this doesn’t matter, on an iPhone this could be very useful.

    1. Toyota’s insistence on locking out CarPlay from their cars in favour of their in-house Entunes ensured that none of their vehicles were under consideration when looking at a replacement car, and I told them that in no uncertain terms. Thankfully they’ve wised up with the 2019 model year.

  4. Given the latest machinations and confusion over at Apple (the SE “clearance”), it looks like they may have hired some of the Windows Phone castoffs to run iPhone marketing.

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