Microsoft Abandons 40% of Windows Phones

Microsoft Abandons 40% of Windows Phones
Less than two thirds of mobile handsets running Windows 10 Mobile will receive the Creators Update.

(CCM) — Another nail has been driven into the coffin of Windows 10 Mobile with the revelation that 40% of Windows phones currently in use will not qualify to receive the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update, research from advertising network AdDuplex has revealed. Its research shows that only 60% of phones running Windows 10 Mobile will get the update, with the remainder being left behind. Those being abandoned include Lumia 535, Lumia 540, Lumia 730, and Lumia 930 handsets. Microsoft will continue to support its flagship Lumia 950 and 950 XL handsets, as well as Lumia 550, Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL, and Lumia 650.

Microsoft has been widely criticized recently for abandoning Windows 10 Mobile users and concentrating its mobile software development resources on rival platforms iOS and Android. Earlier this month, the company released a security tool called Microsoft Authenticator for iOS and Android only. "Windows Phone makes up less than 5% of the active users of our Authenticator apps, so we have prioritized getting this working with iOS and Android for now," Alex Simons, a Microsoft manager, explained to The Register.

AdDuplex's research also provides a glimpse of Microsoft's progress with the Creators Update on Windows 10 PCs. The company found that about 9.8% of Windows 10 machines are running the update, compared to 82.1% running the Anniversary Update, released last year. Of the remainder, 6% are still running the original release version of the operating system.

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