Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update for the 13 handsets following initial push to Release Preview ring of the Windows Insider Program on April 25, is now underway to general rollout.
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For those waiting for the Mobile Creators Update, that’s rolling out in waves across regions now. 10:19 AM – 26 Apr 2017 · Seattle, WA
The following Windows Mobile handsets are officially eligible to receiving update: “HP Elite x3, Microsoft Lumia 550, Microsoft Lumia 640/640XL, Microsoft Lumia 650, Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL, Alcatel IDOL 4S, Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL, SoftBank 503LV, VAIO Phone Biz, MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601, and Trinity NuAns NEO.”
Here is what’s new:
Cortana can now control music playback in more apps, as well as offering greater control over other device operations, including adjusting the volume. Additionally, Cortana is now able to recognize and identify songs in China.
Updated Wi-Fi and device settings with improved labelling and explanations for less tech-savvy users.
Also, a new significant feature borrowed from the PC ‘App Reset,’ that enables users to resetting the troublesome app “back to its original state”, along with improvements to Bluetooth settings is added.
Improved accessibility of Universal Windows Platform apps in high-contrast mode for reading content with greater ease. The “XAML framework to now display an opaque layer behind the text and coerce semi-transparent UI to be fully opaque,” said Sarkar.
Microsoft introduced new ‘Unified Update Platform,’ for ‘seamless’ update process as well as to make major updates smaller—offer “a differential download package [that] contains only the changes that have been made since the last time you updated your device, rather than a full build.”
Additionally, users will have control over when the latest updates are installed, including longer Active Hours, ability to ‘snooze’ updates for several days, and option to schedule a required restart at a specific time.
Microsoft Edge improvements include enhance text scaling when viewing and zooming in on websites, offering better legibility for all users, and support for reading books in the browser.
View 3D app lets you see the Paint 3D images you’ve created on your PC.
Azure Active Directory Identity improvements now allow users to sync their handsets settings via Enterprise State Roaming, including passwords, Wi-Fi profiles, Edge Favorites, Edge Reading List, and app data across desktop and mobile devices.
Microsoft said that you’ll also be able to “sign into Cortana with your work or school account instead [of] your Microsoft Account, enabling you to use Cortana even if your organization does not support MSA.”
- Performance and battery improvements for all devices, including those with Windows Hello biometric login support should also see improvements, enabling them to sign into their devices more quickly than before.
- emoji keyboard is now persistent and remain active after you’ve inserted an emoji.
- some new sounds in the OS too, matching those in the PC release.
- Action Center now has some useful new feature, offering users ‘call’, ‘text’ and ‘remind me’ buttons for missed calls.
Apart from new features and improvements, there are some features that have been deprecated, too such as:
- Continuum, that allow users of supported Windows 10 Mobile devices to use a mouse and keyboard with their handset, when it’s connected to a secondary display—is missing. The feature has been replicated by Samsung, who are offering it into the Galaxy S8 through Android-based DeX experience.
- Night Light, that helps reduce the amount of blue light emitted by the display after sunset—also couldn’t make it. “Displays emit blue light – the kind of light you see during the day,” Microsoft explained. “Windows can show warmer colors to make it easier to sleep at night.”
- Another remarkable feature, Capture 3D mobile app could also not made into this release. The app can use the mobile phone camera to ‘scan’ real world objects, and turn them into 3D models that can be manipulated on screen.
- Apps Corner, that allow users to set up a separate area on their phone populated with a limited selection of apps has now been depreciated.
- WSUS support has also been removed, and replaced with the new Unified Update Platform.