Microsoft finally made it clear that “Windows 10 Mobile as we know it” is dead or as one can mildly put it terminally ill and on ventilator(Bug fixes & improvements) support. But not all hope is lost if you are a hard-core Microsoft fan. In fact, one can notice that we mentioned “Windows 10 Mobile as we know it” is dead and it may bring a bit of solace to know that Windows 10 for Mobile lives and is under development.
Microsoft is already working to bring Windows 10 to Mobile in form of Andromeda or Windows 10 on ARM with cShell, a modular reincarnation of Windows 10. This model is not new and Microsoft always strived to do so along with even Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 by trying to get UWP apps and merging a part of the code base as Windows OneCore.
But with Andromeda what Microsoft wants to achieve is that full Windows 10 kernel and code base along with UWP apps can be available on upcoming Mobile phones. The handling of adjustment to the mobile form-factor will be achieved with the help of CShell. This Windows 10 for Mobile project is internally referred as Andromeda that also involves prototype Surface Mobile hardware in works. You can read more about Andromeda here.
Coming to the timelines, as per our sources, we can look forward to the second half of 2018 for some major announcements in this regard by Microsoft. But one thing we need to keep in mind that this Windows 10 for Mobile will not be compatible with the devices that we use now. There is no upgrade path for any of them.
We also exclusively reported that 2018 may see Surface Mobile (Surface Phone) & Windows mobile devices from top vendors too. We still believe this is the case and Microsoft is in touch with its top Windows vendors for the next “refresh” of Windows in Mobile.
We earlier reported about Surface Mobile Devices “Surface Peking & Surface Slavonia” leak in an official video description in China. So, may be we will have two slightly different designs for both Surface Peking & Surface Slavonia. Read our full Surface Mobile Phone coverage here.