Microsoft Updates Windows 10 Store App with Interactive Notifications

#Windows10 #Windows10StoreApp – Microsoft Updates Windows 10 Store App with Interactive Notifications : The Windows Store app has just received an important update on Windows 10 that brings some pretty helpful improvements, including interactive notifications that allow users to launch the app or pin it to Start.

Currently at version 11703.1000.156.0 and released for Fast ring insiders, the new Windows Store app comes with new notifications that allow users to interact with the apps they install faster than before.

Previously, once an app got installed on Windows 10, users received a notification telling them the install process came to an end, and a click or tap on this notification launched the app instantly. Starting with this update, however, the notification comes with two separate options, namely launch and pin to Start, both of which are displayed in the Action Center as well.

In addition to these new notifications, the Windows Store also comes with a new progress bar displaying the download speed and the size, with the new design looking a bit sleeker as compared to the original design that needed more space on the screen.

New “share” option

And last but not least, there’s a new share option displayed for each app that lets you send a link to one of your contacts. This is an option that already exists in rival app stores, such as the one belonging to Apple, so it’s a good thing that Microsoft is now releasing it as well.

Given that this update is currently available for insiders only, retail users will receive it at a later time, though we expect this to happen with the Creators Update’s debut on April 11. Microsoft has improved several of its apps with help from insiders and the release of the Creators Update is the moment when retail users would be able to try them out as well, so the new Store update comes just at the right time.

For what it’s worth, the Creators Update will also launch later today for users who want to do the update manually with the Windows 10 Update Assistant.

Source : Softpedia

Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Creators Update High DPI Improvements

#WIndows10 #Windows10CreatorUpdate – Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Creators Update High DPI Improvements : One of the biggest annoyances in Windows 10 Anniversary Update affected high DPI displays, as many Win32 programs were rendered incorrectly and thus caused issues such as blurry fonts, incorrect size for desktop icons, or tooltips that looked odd even though they were generated by the OS.

With the Creators Update, however, these problems might finally be fixed, as Microsoft spent a considerable amount of time trying to improve performance on high DPI displays.

In most of the cases, in order for an application to be rendered correctly in Windows 10, developers need to update their software to include the most recent technologies that Microsoft implemented in Windows 10, so the best thing you can do is to get in touch with app makers and ask for updates.

Microsoft says that it was particularly focused on improvements for desktop application developers, and the company details them in a lengthy blog post here.

But as far as end users are concerned, there are a bunch of new features that can also help them deal with problems experienced with apps that are rendered incorrectly on high DPI displays.

Helpful option for end users

For example, starting with the Creators Update, every process has new options in the Properties screen that allow users to change DPI settings and override the default behavior by forcing the scaling to be performed by the application, the system, or by a special enhanced mode generated by the system.

Microsoft explains that the “System (enhanced)” DPI scaling mode was developed to deal with apps that simply can’t render correctly, and while it proved to be efficient in many cases, there are some limitations, so it can’t scale GDI+ and DX content, bitmap-based UI elements won’t look crisp, and users won’t be able to determine when it’s recommended to enable this mode.

“There is new functionality in the Creators Update that results in text and primitives rendering crisply on high-DPI displays for GDI-based apps only. For applications that are GDI-based Windows can now DPI scale these on a per-monitor basis. This means that these applications will, magically, become per-monitor DPI aware. Now keep in mind that this solution is not a silver bullet,” Microsoft says.

Desktop icons have also been updated to be properly rendered on high DPI scales, and Office 2016 also received improvements in this regard, so end users should feel a big difference after installing the Creators Update.

The Creators Update will launch today via the Windows Update Assistant and will become available for more users on April 11 via Windows Update.

Source : Softpedia

Only 13 Windows 10 Mobile powered phones will receive the Creators Update

#Windows10 #Windows10Mobile – Only 13 Windows 10 Mobile powered phones will receive the Creators Update : It might not come as a surprise to you, and you probably didn’t give it a second thought, but the Windows 10 Creators Update is not going to be available for all Windows 10 Mobile powered devices. Being put out to pasture are units like the Nokia Lumia 930, Nokia Lumia 830 and the Nokia Lumia 1520. These three models are over two-years old, which means that they will not be receiving the Creator’s Update. These handsets will be limited to patches and cumulative updates.

The list of handsets that will receive the mobile version of the Windows 10 Creators Update include:

  • Alcatel Idol 4S
  • Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
  • HP Elite x3
  • Lenovo Softbank 503LV
  • MCJ Madosma Q601
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
  • Trinity NuAns Neo
  • VAIO VPB051 [Vaio Phone Biz]

The update doesn’t bring much in the way of changes for phones. Once the Creators Update is installed, you’ll notice improvements to the Edge browser,  new support for e-books, and the new icon for the “Share” function..

“Beginning this month, Microsoft will release the Creators Update for Windows 10 customers including those using Windows 10 Mobile. As has been the case with pervious Windows updates, a device may not be able to receive the Creators Update if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (‘OEM’) support period. These devices will continue to receive security and servicing fixes according to our OS support policy. The full list of supported devices will be posted on the Product Lifecycle page soon.”-Microsoft

The update will start rolling out to the 13 eligible devices on April 25th.

source: MSPoweruser

Windows 10 Redstone 3 Could Bring Transparent Start Menu, Light Taskbar

#Windows10 #Redstone3 – Windows 10 Redstone 3 Could Bring Transparent Start Menu, Light Taskbar : The Windows 10 Creators Update (internally codenamed Redstone 2) is just around the corner, but all eyes already seem to be on the next OS update due in the fall as Redstone 3.

It looks like Redstone 3 will bring several visual improvements, and after seeing a bunch of universal apps getting the Project NEON treatment, it’s now the time to see how Microsoft could revamp the Start menu and the taskbar.

A screenshot published today by MSPU and allegedly coming from internal builds of Windows 10 Redstone 3 shows a facelift version of the existing Start menu that features transparent live tiles and the same blur effect that lets you see what’s behind it on the desktop.

Transparency and blue seem to be Microsoft’s next big things, and the Start menu will definitely look better with these visual effects, especially because they would create a more consistent user interface across the operating system. At this point, live tiles are solid colors, but starting with Redstone 3, Microsoft could make them all fully transparent, though it will also come down to developers to adopt this feature.

On Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft is yet to update all of its apps to feature transparent tiles, but hopefully everything would be faster in the case of PCs with Redstone 3.

Light taskbar also planned

Additionally, it looks like Microsoft might be working on a light taskbar as well, with users to be allowed to choose between dark and light, with a third version using the accent color configured in the OS.

A light taskbar has been spotted in several highly-praised concepts and it looks like Microsoft finally got the message, so the Redstone 3 update could bring it to PC users as well.

Redstone 3 is projected to launch in the fall, with early builds already being worked on behind closed doors at Microsoft. The first public builds are likely to ship to insiders shortly after the debut of the Creators Update, though it’s not yet clear if these visual improvements will be included or not..

Source : Softpedia

Windows 10 Cumulative Updates KB4016252 and KB4016251 Download Links

#Windows10 #Windows10Update – Windows 10 Cumulative Updates KB4016252 and KB4016251 Download Links : Microsoft has rolled out new cumulative updates for systems running Windows 10 Creators Update (build 15063), and while they are available via Windows Update, as is the case of the majority of cumulative updates, they can be downloaded manually as well.

KB4016252 and KB4016251 are only available for users in the Windows Insider program, and you can check out more information about both of them here.

As usual, these cumulative updates do not bring any new features, but only bug fixes and performance improvements, and this is particularly important this time given the fact that Microsoft is getting ready to roll out the Creators Update to all users.

The Windows Insider program is thus playing a much more important role right now, as users participating in this effort can help test not only Windows and app updates but also cumulative updates before they are shipped to users. And given that the Creators Update is not yet available for retail users, this helps Microsoft ensure smooth performance of the OS release before the go-ahead button is pushed.

Windows 10 Creators Update launching tomorrow

As a reminder, the Windows 10 Creators Update is projected to become available for download via Windows Update Assistant tomorrow, while everyone else will get it on Windows Update on April 11.

A new cumulative update is likely to ship on April 11 to systems updating to the final version of the Creators Update, and the improvements that are released these days by Microsoft as part of the Windows Insider program are likely to ship in this final patch as well.

You can manually download cumulative updates KB4016252 and KB4016251 using this link, but keep in mind that you can only install them on systems running version 1703 (which is the Creators Update on build 15063) as part of the Windows Insider program, enrolled either in the Slow or Fast rings.

Source : Softpedia

Windows 10 Creators Update to Launch on April 5 via Update Assistant

#Windows10 #Windows10Creators – Windows 10 Creators Update to Launch on April 5 via Update Assistant : Microsoft recently announced that the Windows 10 Creators Update would start rolling out via Windows Update on April 11, but today the company revealed that those eager to get it earlier would be allowed to download the new operating system update with the Update Assistant on April 5.

The Update Assistant has already received a beta update that paves the road for the Creators Update and launching this version allows computers running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to install RS2 build 15063, but Microsoft will deliver the final bits starting April 5.

“For the those of you who are eager to get the Creators Update right away, you will be able to initiate the update manually, starting on April 5th, via Update Assistant. This option is intended for advanced users on devices running a licensed version of Windows 10,” Microsoft said in an announcement today.

The company hasn’t said anything about dedicated ISOs for the Creators Update, but there’s a good chance they are published on April 5 as well, as the Update Assistant uses a downloaded system image to initiate the update process.

Windows Update rollout to take several months

As for users waiting to get the new OS release via Windows Update, the rollout will start on April 11 and will take several months to complete, according to Microsoft, as the company ships the new bits in stages to computers across the world.

“Based on our experience and feedback from our customers, we believe a phased approach provides the highest quality update experience to the broadest set of customers,” Microsoft explains.

“The first phase will target newer devices, especially those we tested together with our OEM hardware partners. We will then expand the Creators Update release to additional devices based on the feedback we receive during the initial phase. We’ll iterate this process over a period of several months until all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide are offered the Creators Update.”

The easiest way to get the Creators Update will definitely be the Update Assistant coming April 5, and those who can’t wait anymore can try out build 15063 as part of the Windows Insider program which is said to be the RTM version.

Source : Softpedia

Windows 10 Creators Update Review: Critic Said Update Worth The Hype Despite Broken Promises

#Microsoft #Windows10 – Windows 10 Creators Update Review: Critic Said Update Worth The Hype Despite Broken Promises : The Windows 10 Creators update’s release date is getting nearer and nearer and Microsoft users can’t wait for its promised upgrades. With its promising offer on improving experience through its applications, was it able to deliver the hype?

In a review by Mark Hachman, senior editor of PC World, he said that the Windows 10 Creators update was able to bring an important upgrade in the system. He added that it is worth the upgrade and gave it four out of five stars.

With the new capabilities that Windows 10 Creators could bring like privacy tweaks, gaming boosts, Paint 3D, and Windows VR, Hachman said that PC was able to renew its commitment to its users.

The Verge has reported that the Windows 10 Creators update would bring new features like the action center, custom accent colors, themes for Windows 10 in store, and the People Bar. Other features also include full pen support for the Microsoft Word, Microsoft Edge Tabbing Browsing, and Windows Defender Update.

Hachman said that the Windows 10 Creators update on Paint 3D is “charming” and a “powerful” intro to 3D content making. Moreover, he said that the highlight of the update is the inking on photos and videos and the excellent upgrade on the Beam and Game Mode.

However, he also listed out the cons of this update that made him spare the one star for the Windows 10 Creators update. For one, the hype on 3D content making did not meet his expectations.

“There are so many features that Microsoft pledged and has yet to deliver on: apps to capture objects as 3D images, the My People experience, 3D objects in Office apps, mixed-reality devices from its partners. Windows Holographic, renamed Windows Mixed Reality, is present, Microsoft says, though available only to developers,” Hachman said about the Windows 10 Creators Update

Another reason why he did not give it a full five star is its accessibility to users who wants the upgrade to be free. If one is a new user of Windows 10 Creators, they will need to pay $120 for Windows 10 Home and $200 for Windows 10 Pro.

Other than that, Hachman believes the update is worth the wait and the hype. Windows 10 Creators update release date is on April 11.

How to troubleshoot and fix Windows 10 blue screen errors

#WIndows #Microsoft – Are you getting a blue screen on your PC? Here’s how to troubleshoot and fix the problem on Windows 10.

Windows 10 is one of the most advanced and secure OSes, but as with any piece of software, sometimes you’ll come across problems, in particular, blue screen errors.

A “blue screen” (or “stop error”) is what’s commonly known as the Blue Screen of Death (BSOB), and it could appear while upgrading to a new version of the OS, when starting your computer, or just “out of the blue” when using Windows 10.

The biggest issue with a blue screen is that it’s literally a screen with a blue background and a sad face with not enough information to tell you the problem.

You’ll usually (not always) see a message that reads: “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We’re just collecting some error info, and then we’ll restart for you.” And a general error code (HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAID, PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGE_AREA, CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED or BAD_SYSTEM_CONFIG_INFO, for example) that can give you a clue of the issue. But most of the time it’s not enough to fix the problem.

Fortunately, you can often narrow down the blue screen to a problem with an update for Windows or a bad driver, incompatible software, or hardware you recently configured.

In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through a number of troubleshooting steps to fix a blue screen error and get you up and running as soon as possible.

How to troubleshoot blue screen during an upgrade

A lot of times you’ll run into a BSOD as you try to upgrade to a new version of Windows 10. Typically, the reason could be a result of a third-party application, such as antivirus and security software, or incompatible hardware.

When you get the blue screen error, your system will automatically roll back any changes and restore the previous version of the OS.

You can troubleshoot this problem while trying to upgrade by doing the following.

Uninstall applications

An incompatible piece of software, such as an old program or third-party antivirus, is likely the root of the problem.

To resolve this issue, try uninstalling any unnecessary apps or a pieces of software you installed recently, using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the app and click the Uninstall button.

  5. Follow the on-screen directions to complete the uninstall process.

Repeat the steps to remove every piece of software that may be causing the problem.

Once you successfully upgraded to the latest version of Windows 10, you can reinstall the apps and they should work as expected.

Disconnect non-essential hardware

It could also be a hardware related problem. When trying to make an installation of Windows 10 remember to always unplug non-essential peripherals, including secondary monitors, printers, phones, external hard drives and other USB devices (you only need your mouse, keyboard and main monitor).

You can always reconnect the hardware after the installation. If you continue to have the same problem, you may need to install newer drivers, or it could also be an indication of incompatible hardware.

Re-downloading upgrade files

It’s possible that you’re getting a blue screen because of damaged setup files, in which case you’ll need to re-download the installation files.

If you’re trying to upgrade using Windows Update, you can do this by using the Disk Cleanup tool to delete previously downloaded installation files. When you do this, Windows Update will re-download the files again to upgrade the OS.

To use the Disk Cleanup tool, do the following:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Disk Cleanup and click the result.
  3. Select drive “Windows (C:)” and click OK.
  4. Click the Clean up system files button.

  5. Select drive “Windows (C:)” and click OK.
  6. Check the Temporary Windows installation files option.

  7. Click OK to delete the files.

Once you complete the steps, you can try to upgrade one more time using Windows Update.

If you’re trying to upgrade using USB-bootable media, you may want to use the Media Creation tool to recreate your bootable media to jump to the latest version of Windows 10.

Doing a clean installation

Alternatively, you can prevent blue screen errors during an upgrade if you choose to delete everything and start fresh with a clean copy of the OS, instead of doing an in-place upgrade with USB-bootable media.

Important: This is a friendly reminder that performing a clean install of Windows 10 will delete everything on your system. It’s recommended that you do a full backup before proceeding.

Before you begin, if you’re upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you’ll need a product key to activate Windows 10. If you’re upgrading to a new version of Windows 10, you can skip entering the product key as the OS will reactivate automatically after the upgrade.

Also, your PC’s BIOS must be configured to boot from a USB flash drive. This can be different depending on your device, so make sure to check your computer manufacturer’s support website for instructions.

To do a clean install of Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Start your computer with the USB-bootable installation media.
  2. Click Next.
  3. Click Install now.

  4. Click the I don’t have a product key link to skip this step.
  5. Check the I accept the license term option and click Next.
  6. Select the OS you want to install.

  7. Choose the Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option.

  8. Select and delete the primary partition with the Windows 10 installation. (It is usually labeled: Drive 0 Partition 2).

  9. Click Next.
  10. Follow the on-screen directions to complete the install process.

Once you complete the installation of Windows 10, you’ll need to reinstall all your applications and restore your files from backup.

How to troubleshoot blue screen during boot with desktop access

When you experience a BSOD and you can access the desktop, the problem can be an outdated driver or missing update. Or it can also be an issue with a recently installed application, Windows update, or device driver.

How to install updates and drivers

You can make sure your installation of Windows 10 and drivers are up to date by following these steps.

Installing latest Windows 10 updates

Although the OS installs updates automatically, it’s possible that an update may still be missing on your computer.

To check for updates on Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Click on Update & security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.

  4. Click the Check for updates now button.

If you notice that there is an update available, but you can’t download it. you can try to install the cumulative update manually using this guide.

Installing latest device driver updates

In the case that you’re getting a stop error because of an outdated device driver, you can do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu.
  2. Click on Device Manager.
  3. Expand the device causing the problem.
  4. Right-click the device and select Update Driver Software.

  5. Click the Search automatically for updated driver software option.

It takes time for device-driver updates to appear through Windows Update. This means that if you couldn’t find any new updates using Device Manager, you may have to check your device manufacturer’s support website to download and install newer drivers.

How to uninstall updates, drivers and applications

A blue screen error may also appear as a result of an incompatible or buggy update for Windows 10 or driver. If you can start your computer and get to the desktop, you can fix the problem by doing the following.

Uninstall Windows 10 updates

A BSOD error is more likely to occur after installing a new cumulative update for Windows 10 due to bugs or incompatibility problems.

If you’re still able to get to the desktop, you can try to uninstall any recently installed update using the following steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click the Uninstall a program link.
  3. Click the View installed updates link from the left pane.

  4. Right-click the most recent update.
  5. Select Uninstall to remove the update.

Once you complete the task, if you no longer see a stop error you can temporarily block the update from automatically installing using this guide.

Uninstall device drivers

If the stop error occurs after installing a driver, you can uninstall it using the following steps:

  1. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu.
  2. Click on Device Manager.
  3. Expand the device causing the problem.
  4. Right-click the device and select Uninstall.

  5. Click OK to confirm.

Alternatively, sometimes it’s possible to roll back to the previous version of the driver to see if the older version fixes the issue. You can use the same steps mentioned above, but on step No. 4 select Properties, and on the Driver tab, click the Roll Back Driver button, if available.

Once you complete the task, if you no longer see a stop error you can temporarily block Windows 10 from automatically installing the driver using this guide.

Uninstall software

It could also happen that you recently installed an application that isn’t compatible with the current version of Windows 10, and every time you try to open the app, a BSOD will appear.

To resolve this problem, check your software company’s support website to see if there is a new update available or upgrade you can download and install on your computer.

If there isn’t any new update, you’ll need to uninstall the application in question using the following steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the app and click the Uninstall button.

  5. Follow the on-screen directions to complete the uninstall process.

Disconnect non-essential hardware

Sometimes, you’ll see a blue screen after connecting new hardware to your computer. When this happens the problem could be that the device isn’t compatible, is broken, or the OS is trying to install the wrong driver.

If it’s an old device that you’re trying to connect, it’s probably not compatible with Windows 10. You can check your hardware manufacturer’s support website to find out whether or not it’s compatible. If it’s not, you may need to find a newer model or suitable replacement.

It could also happen that your peripheral went bad, in which case you’ll need to get a new one that is in working condition.

In the case the OS is trying to install the wrong driver, you’ll need to download the latest device driver from your manufacturer’s support website. Use the steps mentioned above to uninstall the current driver and install the one you manually downloaded.

How to troubleshoot blue screen during boot without desktop access

Other times, a BSOD will appear on Windows 10 after installing a new update or device driver, and you won’t be able to get to the desktop to fix the problem.

Quick Tip: If you can’t boot to your desktop, and you recently connected new hardware, such as an external hard drive, secondary monitor, or printer, try to disconnect any unnecessary hardware to see if that fixes the problem.

When this happens, you can use System Restore or Safe mode to troubleshoot and resolve the problem.

Fixing blue screen using Restore Point

If you can’t access the desktop, let your computer fail to start at least three times to trigger the automatic repair environment, and then do the following:

  1. On the “Choose an option” screen select Troubleshoot.

  2. Click on Advanced options.
  3. Click on System Restore.

  4. After your computer reboots, select your account and sign-in.
  5. Click Next.

  6. Usually, system restore points are automatically created when you install a new update, driver or app. You can also create a system restore point manually. Select the restore point created before the blue screen appeared.

  7. Click Next.
  8. Click Finish to apply the restore point.

Once you complete these steps, the system restore will remove updates and drivers configured after the restore point was created, which can help to fix the stop error.

Fixing blue screen using Safe mode

Alternatively, you can uninstall an update or device driver using Safe mode when you can’t access the desktop.

If you can’t access the desktop, let your computer fail to start at least three times to trigger the automatic repair environment, and then do the following:

  1. Select Troubleshoot on the Choose an option screen.

  2. Click on Advanced options.
  3. Click on Start Settings.

  4. Click the Restart button.

  5. After your computer reboots, press F4 or the 4 key to select Enable Safe Mode.

Once you’re in safe mode, depending on what’s causing the problem, you can use the following steps to uninstall an update or device driver.

Uninstall Windows 10 updates

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click the Uninstall a program link.
  3. Click the View installed updates link from the left pane.

  4. Right-click the most recent update.
  5. Select Uninstall to remove the update.

Uninstall device drivers

  1. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu.
  2. Click on Device Manager.
  3. Expand the device causing the problem.
  4. Right-click the device and select Uninstall.

  5. Click OK to confirm.

If you no longer see a stop error after rebooting your PC, you can temporarily block Windows 10 from automatically installing the driver or update using this guide.

Wrapping things up

Getting a BSOD error on Windows 10 can be a frustrating experience, but as you can see in this guide, there is plenty you can do to troubleshoot and fix the problem.

If you’re still unable to resolve the issue, you can also make a note of any error message and contact your manufacturer for help. Sometimes, they may not have an update to fix the issue, but they may be able to offer a workaround.

And it’s not just the blue screen on Windows 10 that signals a problem. You may also come across a black screen, an issue that can be caused by a graphics driver, a connection problem with your display, or during the installation of the OS (or updates). Likewise, you may also experience a flickering screen, which usually is caused by an application or video driver problem.

Source : Windows Central

Redstone 3 Could Be the Last Update for Windows 10 Mobile

#Windows10Mobile #WindowsMobile – Redstone 3 Could Be the Last Update for Windows 10 Mobile : A new report that’s making the rounds lately, and which cannot be verified right now because it points to early Microsoft plans for its phone platform, indicates that Redstone 3 could be the last update for Windows 10 Mobile.

There’s a lot of speculation right now, and this is why it’s very important to take everything with a pinch of salt for the time being, but Spanish website OneWindows writes that Microsoft is currently discussing several changes aimed at its mobile platform that would make Redstone 3 the last major update for Windows 10 Mobile.

While at first glance this could sound like the end of Microsoft’s smartphone platform, there are a few other details that seem to point to a change of strategy rather than to a complete demise of mobile.

Windows 10 Mobile support

First and foremost, what we know for sure is that Windows 10 Mobile will still receive support until at least October 2018. According to Microsoft’s own data, Windows 10 Mobile build 10586 (also known as Threshold 2) will receive updates until January 9, 2018, while build 14393 (Redstone 1) will reach end of support until October 9, 2018.

With the Creators Update also landing on mobile devices, Windows 10 Mobile should be safe until at least early 2019, but specifics will be announced by Microsoft after the launch of the OS. Redstone 3 would obviously extend support for Windows 10 Mobile, but again, no details are available.

If the aforementioned report is accurate, then Redstone 3 would be specifically focused on improving the UI, performance, Continuum, Cortana, and other new features, but what’s yet not clear is who exactly is going to get all these features. Microsoft released Windows 10 Mobile only for half of its Windows phones, and it’s clearly too early to tell whether everyone on Windows 10 will get Redstone 3 as well.

What’s next?

So if Redstone 3 is indeed the last major update for Windows 10 Mobile, does this mean that Microsoft is done with phones? Not necessarily, as Microsoft could pursue other opportunities, including Windows 10 on ARM.

This implementation makes it possible for Microsoft to run full Windows 10 on ARM chips, and it’s believed that the company’s upcoming Surface Phone, if it really exists, could make full use of this technology. As a result, Surface Phone could unleash the full power of Windows 10 when connected to an external display with Continuum.

Windows 10 Cloud, a recently discovered SKU of Windows 10 and limited to UWP apps, could also play a role in Microsoft’s mobile strategy, but for the moment, it’s all about guessing and it doesn’t make sense since we don’t know for sure if this report is true or not.

But in the end, although Windows 10 Mobile might reach its end in the coming users, this doesn’t mean that Microsoft is leaving phones. For what it’s worth, it just seems to be a change of strategy and nothing more.

Source : Softpedia

New Windows 10 Update Preview Comes With Lock Down Option And Compact Overlay

#MicrosoftWindows #Windows10Update – New Windows 10 Update Preview Comes With Lock Down Option And Compact Overlay : Microsoft has released a preview of its new Windows 10 update for PCs.

The Windows 10 beta update otherwise known as Insider Build 15031 was released on Windows Developer Day held on Feb. 8 and includes two new impressive features – the Dynamic Lock and Compact Overlay.

Dynamic Lock

The Dynamic Lock feature allows the user to lock down his or her computer when he or she needs to leave for a while. This solves one of the biggest problems in the office – co-workers pranking others by messing with their PCs. The Dynamic Lock is actually optional but many will probably be taking advantage of this new feature.

PC World describes how Dynamic Lock works. The PC’s Windows and the user’s phone are paired through Bluetooth. Once paired, the computer can tell if the owner is no longer around and will then lock itself. The users should have the paired Bluetooth smartphone on their persons when they leave the PC. Windows will know if the phone is no longer in range and will lock the PC after 30 seconds.

Compact Overlay Window

The new Compact Overlay feature from the Windows 10 test version is a great way to converse with someone while doing other stuff on the computer. Users can have a Skype window open while a movie plays on Netflix and another window is showing the news. In other words, this is a great tool for multi-taskers.

CNET pointed out that Microsoft is focused on developing Windows as evidenced by the continuous flow of updates on both computers and mobile devices. In fact, the Windows 10 Creators Update released late last year provided 3D features and 4K video game streaming. CNET also stressed that PC sales continue to decrease which is indicative that such impressive new features like the Dynamic Lock, Compact Overlay and others brought about by previous updates are not enough to spike up interest in computers.

Source : iTechpost