Original Windows 10 Mobile is officially on maintenance mode
During a Q&A session with the Windows Insider team, Microsoft revealed that the ‘feature2’ branch will be the last update for current Windows phones running the 32-bit Windows 10 Mobile. After the roll out of the Creators Update this spring, the company started working on the Redstone 3 (Creators Update 2) update, but the phones in the Insider program haven’t got even a single new feature.
We previously reported RS3 may be the last update for Windows 10 Mobile before the Composable Shell. Now, we can confirm that CSHell won’t be available to any of the current devices like the Lumia 950 or Elite x3, even though these phones may be able to run the software just fine, except the windowed mode in Continuum. Earlier this month, Microsoft accidentally rolled out a build from the CSHell branch to some Insider phones, so we could have a look at the improvements in the Start Screen, Notification Center and Settings. But you won’t be able to get these improvements on the existing smartphones.
Microsoft will most likely release new devices running a 64-bit Windows 10 Mobile OS with Composable Shell that adapts to the form factor. These future phones, expected by early 2018, will be able to run win32 apps via emulation and a WoW layer on ARM64 bit processors. The company already got a patent for a foldable device with a hinge, which may be a hint of the direction Microsoft is heading in the mobile market.