It’s here, and it’s official. Microsoft is bidding farewell to Windows 10 Mobile office apps. January 12th, 2021, is the official date released by Microsoft from when the software suite will stop receiving any bug fixes, security updates, and general technical support.
If your life depends on the software suite, then don’t make a fuss as Microsoft has confirmed that after the said date, the apps will work, just the installation on new devices won’t be possible. However, Microsoft urges its users to discontinue the use of the Office on phones.
“Because of the lack of security updates, we strongly recommend that if you wish to use Office on a phone you transition to the latest Microsoft Office apps on an iOS or Android phone,” the senior product marketing manager for Office apps strategy at Microsoft, Bill Doll said in an interview.Source
Well, Windows 10 Mobile Office Apps is not the only thing that Microsoft is discontinuing. Technical support for the mobile operating system will end on December 10th, 2019, marks the end of Windows 10 mobile. The decision to discontinue the mobile operating system might be a good one considering the commercial failure that Windows 10 was. The tech giant has decided to focus on its other projects, which include building apps around common fluent designs for its upcoming Surface devices.
Last time, when Microsoft graced the market with Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the greater part of the market was not impressed. Now, Microsoft is once again trying to make a statement with a dual-screen Android phone, which, no doubt, looks similar to a smaller Surface Neo.
There is not much known about the device, but each side of the device features a 5.6-inch display and a 360-degree hinge, which allows the user to fold one screen behind the other to reduce the size of the device. Currently, the Surface Duo features a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset; it will be interesting to see what choice will Microsoft make with its highly anticipated device.
The company, with this device, is focusing on increasing productivity through two screens, as pointed by the Microsoft corporate vice president of devices, Panos Panay. The device is said to release by the 2020 holiday season.
One of the most liked idea by Microsoft. The feature allowed users to connect their Windows phones with an external display for a standard Windows experience. Other smartphones like Samsung kept the concept alive; however, they did not bother to evolve at all.
Coming back to Windows 10 Mobile Apps, following the announcement of the discontinuation date, the company has strongly recommended the users to switch to Android and iOS to use Office apps with regular security apps. “Not only will you find Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote apps in the iOS and Android app stores, you will also find new innovations such as the Office app which provides a simple, integrated experience with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint all in one app with all the mobile features you already know and use,” Microsoft says.