Microsoft recommends that Windows 10 Mobile device users migrate to iOS or Android OS

Whoa. I didn’t see this coming. Microsoft is recommending that Windows 10 Mobile device users migrate to iOS or Android OS as the company is shuttering support for its mobile operating system by year’s end.

On its support page, Microsoft had this to say: “Technology has evolved along with the needs and expectations of your customers and partners who have already adopted Android or iOS platforms and devices. 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 the supported Android and iOS devices.”

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Microsoft also notes that apps are governed by the Modern Lifecycle policy and are independent of the OS Lifecycle policy. App developers (including Microsoft) may end support for an app at any time.

What’s more, Microsoft is repositioning its Cortana digital assistant. Speaking to journalists at a media event earlier this week, attended by The Verge, CEO Satya Nadella revealed that Microsoft no longer sees Cortana as a competitor to Alexa or Google Assistant. 

“Cortana needs to be that skill for anybody who’s a Microsoft 365 subscriber,” explains Nadella, referencing Microsoft’s new consumer subscription push. “You should be able to use it on Google Assistant, you should be able to use it on Alexa, just like how you use our apps on Android and iOS so that’s at least how we want to think about where it’ll go.”