Windows 10 Mobile will receive its last official cumulative update from Microsoft next month. For those still clinging to an old Windows Phone that provides a bit of time to get a new smartphone which will be supported and secured with software and firmware updates - and a supply of apps.
On the topic of apps, Windows Mobile users have been suffering from an ever decreasing choice in this respect for years now. One app category seen as an essential by many smartphone users is a rich messenger app and one of the biggest is set to abandon Windows Mobile / Windows Phone on 31st December.
WhatsApp will stop working on Windows Phones from 31st December, reports WindowsArea.de. At the same time it is dropping support for older OS versions like Android version 2.3.7 and iOS 7.
Windows 10 Mobile will get its last cumulative update on or around 10th December, which is bad enough but Windows Phone 8.1 users will feel a bigger blow (to their unsupported since mid-2017 platform). On 16th Dec the Windows Phone Store will be completely shut down, leaving users only the apps they already have installed.
For those still rocking a Windows Phone/Mobile, Microsoft recommends "that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device". In the meantime it is further recommended that Windows 10 Mobile users manually create a backup which will save OS settings, apps and so on as "device backup functionality and other backend services will be phased out," after 10th Dec.