Pour one out for Windows 10 Mobile as it reaches end of support

Microsoft’s next smartphone is expected to ship next year, and when it does, the Microsoft Surface Duo will be running Google’s Android operating system. That’s a shift from the company’s earlier strategy — Microsoft used to make its own smartphone operating systems. But over the past decade the market share for Windows phones has diminished […]

Lilbits 373: Huawei gets (some sort of) a reprieve

After placing Huawei on an “Entity List” earlier this year and prohibiting US companies from selling products to the Chinese electronics giant, the Trump administration is easing restrictions… or something. After meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping a few weeks ago, US president Donald Trump announced the US would “remove some curbs on Huawei” and […]

Windows 10 Mobile has less than a year to live (Support ends Dec, 2019)

Windows 10 Mobile has been mostly dead for a while. Microsoft pulled the plug on the Windows Insider Preview program for phones a year ago and there haven’t been any major updates to the operating system since then (or any major new smartphones shipping with it either). And app developers have been jumping ship — […]

WPInternals goes open source (Windows Phone hacking tool)

Windows Phone is pretty much dead at this point. But if you happen to have an old device running Windows 10 Mobile or Windows Phone 8 you might be able to breathe a little extra life into it by using a tool called WPInternals that lets you jailbreak/root the device and modify key portions of […]

Google’s only app for Windows 10 Mobile stops working

Windows-powered smartphones have had declining market share for years, and at this point even Microsoft has pretty much given up on its own Windows 10 Mobile operating system (although it will continue to offer security updates for a little longer). So it’s not surprising that developers of third-party apps have largely abandoned the platform as […]

Windows 10 Mobile is dead(ish), as Microsoft pulls the plug on Insider builds

As if you needed any more confirmation that Windows 10 Mobile is on life support, Microsoft has stopped pushing new builds of the operating system to members of the Windows Insider Preview program. This week Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10 for desktop and laptop PCs to Windows Insiders, but when asked on […]

HP kills its virtualization tool for using Win32 apps on Windows Mobile

The HP Elite x3 is one of the most powerful Windows 10 Mobile devices released to date, for what it’s worth. But while the phone has an operating system called Windows and supports Continuum, which gives you a desktop-like environment when you connect an external display, it doesn’t have native support for Windows applications developed […]

Report: Windows 10 Mobile is a dead end, up next for phones: Windows 10

Microsoft’s desktop and smartphone operating systems have been inching closer and closer together in recent years. But while Windows 10 for PC and Windows 10 Mobile share a common core, phones still have a different user interface and feature set than Windows 10 PCs, and not all Universal Windows Platform apps that run on desktops […]

Even Microsoft thinks you don’t need a LinkedIn app for Windows Phone… and Microsoft owns LinkedIn

LinkedIn is reportedly emailing users of its Windows phone app to let them know that the app will stop working after August 31st. On the one hand, this is just the latest story about an app developer pulling the plug on support for Microsoft’s smartphone operating system, which has a nearly insignificant market share. On […]

Microsoft saw “negligible revenue” from phone hardware in Q2

Microsoft hasn’t officially pulled the plug on Windows Phone hardware yet, but things aren’t looking particularly good: during the company’s second-quarter earnings call Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood went over the revenue generated by different parts of the company. When it came to Windows Phone devices she said to expect a decline due to “negligible […]