It really will be the end for Microsoft's flagship mobile OS, which first got released back in November of 2015 but never gained a strong market foothold.
Soon, those will be coming to an end as well and Windows 10 Mobile will officially be laid to rest. Third parties or paid support programs may provide ongoing support, we're told, but these won't be publically provided updates.
Nadella's comments come shortly after his company announced an update for its Windows 10 operating system which reduces the integration between Cortana and the underlying operating system, removing Cortana from the built-in search functionality and making it a separate entity.
It was back in 2017, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) reportedly scrapped as many as 36,000 Windows phones and replaced them with iPhones after previous acknowledgment that Microsoft mobile support would be ending. For this reason, now on 10th of December, 2019 and onwards, these gadgets will not be supported as well as their updates related to security will be terminated.
Microsoft themselves are actually advising that you move to Android or iOS where they will continue to develop their own apps. This is living proof that the digital assistant is becoming more of an enterprise feature in the Microsoft ecosystem, especially because these products are the ones bringing home the bacon. In an other statement, Microsoft also made clear that their Virtual Assistant Cortana is no longer in direct competition with Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa. For example, automatic and manual backups will stop working in March, 2020.
The App Store may continue to work after end of support. This means Windows 10 Mobile users would not receive any updates or any assistance at all from Microsoft.
Windows 10 was released as the successor to Windows 8.1 in July 2015.
"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". That too was a failure, and Microsoft eventually wrote down its $7.6 billion Nokia acquisition.