Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Anniversary Update released, PoGo returns, official Facebook app

Welcome back to our weekly Windows 10 Mobile news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Let’s get started.

PoGo’s triumphant return

PoGo, the third party app designed to let Windows 10 Mobile users play Pokemon Go, had a bit of a rocky start. It ran fine for about a week before the folks at Niantic changed up their API, tragically shutting out PoGo users for a while. Earlier this week, however, the dev team behind PoGo brought the app back from the dead. On top of being able to function again, much-requested features including Pokeball-flicking and general quality of life improvements were added. Due to the nature of Niantic’s third party approach, PoGo could go down again at any moment. Beyond that, there’s a very real risk that you can be banned from Pokemon Go by using a third party app. Use PoGo at your own risk!

Windows 10 Anniversary Update begins to roll out to mobile

We had to wait for a few weeks, but Windows 10 Mobile users are finally getting their hands on the anticipated update to Windows 10. Bringing a wide array of features to the OS, this new update should be doing a whole lot to revitalize the Windows 10 Mobile experience that users have been getting used to this past year. Windows 10 Mobile users should look forward to improved battery life in Microsoft Edge, new features in Cortana, and more.

More depressing sales numbers for Windows OS mobile market share

Let’s not mince words – Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile have never been big players. Last year Windows Phone had a minuscule slice of the proverbial pie when it came to market share, having only 2.5% of the mobile market. According to new reports from Gartner, those numbers have only gotten worse. A year after that 2.5% figure was taken, Windows Phone/W10M market share has dropped down to just 0.6%. Ouch.

Facebook releases its own app for Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft’s app gets the boot

We’ve been using Microsoft’s app for Facebook for a while, and while it was perfectly functional it wasn’t exactly amazing. After a long time of waiting, Facebook has finallyreleased a first party application for Windows 10 Mobile users, which should automatically replace the Microsoft app that was on your handset. The new app is a bit sleeker, and actually runs pretty well – there shouldn’t be too much of an issue with the fact that you can’t use the old app anymore.

 

 

[Source: Winbeta]

Windows 10 news recap: No new build, Start Menu coming soon

Welcome back to our weekly Windows 10 news recap, in which we recap the top news stories regarding Windows 10 for the week. Let’s dive straight in.

Microsoft releases Windows 10 PC April updates KB3147458 and KB3147461

This week, Microsoft released a new cumulative update for Windows 10 PC’s which introduced lots of new bug fixes and performance improvements, bringing the build number up to 10586.218. This was not an insider release as it went out to the public at the same time.

The following is new with this update:

  • This update includes quality improvements and security fixes. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:
  • Improved reliability for Internet Explorer 11, .NET Framework, wireless LAN, Microsoft Edge, Windows Update, logon, Bluetooth, network connectivity, map apps, video playback, Cortana, USB, Windows Explorer, and Narrator.
  • Fixed issue with connectivity of USB devices until OS restart.
  • Improved discoverability of printers when a device resumes from sleep.
  • Fixed issues with lock screen.
  • Support for visual voicemail on dual SIM phones.
  • Fixed issue with audio playback using Groove music and other music apps on a phone.
  • Fixed issue with revised daylight savings time.
  • Fixed additional issues with shutdown delays, Narrator, Cortana, roaming data usage, buying apps in the Store, video playback, facial recognition, Bluetooth pairing, Microsoft Edge, logon, Internet Explorer 11, Live Tile updates, .NET Framework, and Microsoft Installer (MSI).
  • Improved security for CSRSS to address security feature bypass.
  • Fixed additional security issues with Security Account Manager Remote Protocol,HTTP.sys, secondary logon, Microsoft Graphics component, .NET Framework, CSRSS, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer 11.

WinBeta revealed this week that the next Insider build for Windows 10 PCs should include the new Start Menu and Start Screen designs shown of by Microsoft recently. The new Start experiences are now being flighted internally in the rs1_release branch, meaning Insiders are next in line to receive the bits.

Insiders are able to vote on these new changes via a survey too, so if you don’t like the new Start designs then Microsoft is letting you have a say on why. You can check out all the details about the new Start experiences and voting here.

Gabe Aul announced on Twitter that the planned Insider build for PCs this week was cancelled due to a showstopper bug that the company decided would need fixing before reaching Insiders. He said in a tweet:

We hit a problem with our PC build candidate for this week, so looks likely at this point it will be next week for next Fast ring PC build.

Finally, WinBeta was able to bring an exclusive first look at the upcoming Messaging Everywhere experience that allows SMS texting from your desktop beamed from your mobile smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile or Android.

Yes, Messaging Everywhere finally brings SMS texting to the desktop, beamed straight from your phone. This feature should arrive in preview form in the next Windows 10 Mobile insider build, which could arrive next week at the earliest. Currently, as the feature is still in beta, it can sometimes be slow/not work at all, but when it does work it works well.

 

[Source:- Winbeta]