As Windows 10 Mobile is about to reach end of support tomorrow, December 10, Microsoft announced on Friday that its Office Mobile apps for the mobile OS will be deprecated on January 12. “On that date, app users will no longer receive security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft,” the company explained.
If you plan to keep using your Windows 10 Mobile handset until next year, the app will continue to work after the end of support date, though they’ll be removed from the Microsoft Store. “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 company emphasized.
We learned during last year’s Ignite conference that Microsoft was no longer actively developing its universal Office Mobile apps for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, or Surface Hub. We saw further evidence of this last month when Microsoft announced new features for OneNote 2016, apparently shifting its focus from the UWP version of OneNote.
We’ll have more about the death of Windows 10 Mobile later this week, following a last cumulative update that should be released tomorrow. Windows Phone has been pronounced dead for quite some time now, but that probably isn’t going to stop hardcore fans to drop their still functioning handsets anytime soon.