Microsoft shipped Windows 10 Mobile (build 10586) with the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL last month. The software giant is expected to start rolling out the device to other devices sometime this month. In fact, a Microsoft representative told my colleague Michael Allison that the OS will be coming to the Lumia 640 “soon” but it should arrive “before Christmas” which isn’t far away. Now, ahead of the official release of the OS, Microsoft quietly updated its Support Lifecycle page which now includes Windows 10 Mobile’s lifecycle info.
According to Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle page, Windows 10 Mobile for Consumer and Business’ mainstream support will end on 08/01/2018, and there isn’t any info on the Extended Support End Date just yet. Microsoft states:
Microsoft will make updates available for the Operating System, including security updates, for a minimum of 24 months after the lifecycle start date. These updates will be incremental, with each update built on the update that preceded it. Customers need to install each update in order to remain supported. The distribution of these incremental updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone, and installation will require that your phone have any prior updates. Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities.
As Microsoft notes, the company will be providing updates and security updates for Windows 10 Mobile for a minimum of 24 months, and users will need to install all the latest updates to remain supported. Additionally, Microsoft also notes that mobile operators (and the phone manufacturer) can control the updates, too. Needless to say, all the updates will vary by your region, carrier, as well as hardware.
If you want to check out the Support Lifecycle page, head over to this link.
Article has been updated on 21:00 GMT, December 3rd to note that the mainstream support will end on 2018.