Microsoft has revealed that it will no longer support Xbox Live services on its Windows Phone on May 16, 2022. The company had already ended official support for Windows Phone as a platform in January 2020, with a final security update before closure.
According to the Windows Central report, cloud saves and Xbox Live will no longer log in-game achievements gained on the Windows Phones to player profiles following the said date.
Microsoft said some games will remain playable after the services are shut down; however, online support for these titles is not expected.
“Starting May 16, 2022, Xbox features will no longer be supported on Windows Phone devices. As part of this change, earning achievements will be retired on Windows Phone devices. Some games may still be playable on your phone, but progress will not be recorded to your Xbox profile.”Microsoft.
This update might hint otherwise, but Microsoft is not entirely moving away from mobile platforms. Following the company’s $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard, the company had emphasized the primary purpose of the acquisition, which was to expand into new geographic markets in “mobile-first” communities.