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Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update coming soon

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If there are any Windows 10 Mobile phone users left out there, the good news is that the Creators Update is coming soon.

Called the Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 update it applies to HP Elite x3, Alcatel Idol 4S, Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL, Lenovo SoftBank 503LV, Vaio Phone Biz, MouseComputer Madosma Q601, Trinity NuAns NEO and Microsoft Lumia 550/640/640XL/650/950/950 XL.

In a blog, Microsoft apologised for the limited number of supported devices, “We recognise that many Insiders will be disappointed to see their device is no longer supported. We looked at feedback from our Windows Insiders and realised that we were not providing the best possible experience for our customers on many older devices. That helped us determine which devices we support for the Windows 10 Creators Update.”

Windows 10 Mobile will continue to work on unsupported devices, but there will be no further updates.

Unlike the Windows 10 Creators update for PC (iTWire article here), the Mobile update is more an operating system update, raising the question why has Microsoft has diverted from the concept of one version of Windows on all devices.

Microsoft even hints at the fork stating, “The biggest difference being that the build number and branch won’t match the builds we will be releasing for PC. This is a result of more work we’re doing to converge code into OneCore – the heart of Windows across PC, tablet, phone, IoT, HoloLens, Xbox and more as we continue to develop new improvements for Windows 10 Mobile and our enterprise customers.”

The updates include:

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enhancements.
  • App reset (take a problem app back to defaults).
  • Improved screen and contrast management (XAML framework).
  • The Unified Update Platform (keeps updates smaller).
  • Microsoft Edge gets text scaling, zooming, E-PUB e-reader support and 3D support.
  • 3D viewing (limited to graphics created in Paint 3D for PC).
  • Gaming broadcast.
  • Cortana updates and more system control access.
  • Improved hardware use and performance including battery life and Windows Hello biometric login speeds.
  • New action centre.

Windows Central has a full list of update features here.

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