Microsoft to officially kill Windows phones

Cortana is an app not a standalone assistant Satya Nadella

Microsoft essentially admits defeat, looking to turn Cortana into a Google Assistant 'skill'

It states that all Windows 10 Mobile users will no longer receive "new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or technical content updates from Microsoft for free" from December 10, 2019. "We are now starting our phased rollout to users via Windows Update, initially offering the update to devices we believe will have the best update experience based on our next generation machine learning model", Microsoft explains. In other words, no new patches.

It should not bother you if you are already on the Windows 10 October Update, but if you are not and wanting to finally give it a shot then it is always advisable to get your back-up done before you click on "Restart Now".

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'With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device, ' the company writes on its online support page. "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". When it was launched in 2015 with Windows 10, the plan for Cortana was for Windows users to become locked into an emerging AI ecosystem.

Of course, folks could still use Windows 10 Mobile in much the same way that folks still use Windows XP and Windows 7. This is quite a symbol of Microsoft's inability to make Cortana a force to be reckoned with, even though the company was the first to ship a digital assistant on a desktop operating system. At a media event reported by Business Insider (via OnMSFT), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company wants to position Cortana as a skill for Alexa and Google Assistant, opening up valuable integrations for Office 365 subscribers. Either way, the free upgrade window closed long ago.

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As for Windows 7 owners, the problem is financial: Backing up your data to an external hard drive, than upgrading to Windows 10, requires an investment in time and money.

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