Microsoft kills Windows 10 Mobile definition in Windows SDK

By: George Finley
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Microsoft did not release any official announcement saying that Windows 10 Mobile will be phased out. On the other hand, there have been some warnings hinting at this, and they came from a few sources, and the most credible one is Joe Belfiore.

His comments were definitely hinting at Microsoft phasing out Windows 10 Mobile.

Joe Belfiore’s tweet that hinted to Windows 10 Mobile’s elimination from Windows SDK dates back in October, and it’s saying that Microsoft will continue to support the platform with security and bug updates, but on the other hand, building new features will not be a priority anymore.

Windows 10 SDK lacks the definition of Windows 10 Mobile

The latest Windows 10 SDK seems to lack the definition of Windows 10 Mobile from the SDK. In other words, applications that are using the newest version of the SDK can’t establish whether they are running on a Windows 10 Mobile device or not if you head over to GetProductInfo function.

The formal name for Windows 10 Mobile is PRODUCT_MOBILE_CORE, and this was removed from the SDK. This may also suggest the fact that future versions of Windows will not be able to find their way to Windows 10 Mobile. This also means that besides minor bug fixes, the OS will no longer receive any critical updates.

UWP apps will gradually lose compatibility with Windows 10 Mobile

The operating system will still be supported until December 2019, according to Microsoft, but we can expect that some UWP applications that use the features included in the latest Windows SDK to become less compatible with Windows 10 Mobile. This will probably be a gradual process, and it suggests that the last Windows 10 Mobile enthusiasts should decide what they’ll do next before the specified deadline.

This is not such shocking news considering that there’s already a successor of the OS, Andromeda. The situation of Windows 10 Mobile remains pretty uncertain just as it has been for quite a while now.

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