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Windows 10 Mobile and the Future: towards Autumn 2018

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In a previous editorial almost two months ago, I looked in text and diagrammatic form at Windows 10 Mobile's future through the 'Redstone 4' era, concluding that a perhaps surprising amount of commonality will still exist with its desktop counterpart, through all the UWP applications and the Universal App Platform (UAP). Looking further ahead, another full quarter, I want to see what happens as we head into 'Redstone 5', in Autumn 2018.

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The holiday guide to Lumia 950 XL Camera settings

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Reader Richard Kooij, from The Netherlands, setting off for his vacation, sent in an involved question all about the best settings for Windows 10 Camera on the Lumia 950 range - and, rather than replying just to him, I thought the points raised were interesting enough to warrant a full feature/tutorial that everyone might like to keep bookmarked.

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Shock, horror: Windows 10 Mobile is far better for work than play

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In the spirit of throwing myself wholly into living the road warrior life, I tried out 24 hours with only Windows 10 Mobile - no cheats, no laptops, no Android backups. Just W10M for everything, on the Lumia 950 XL, for work, personal stuff, entertainment. As at mid-July 2017, who is the OS best suited for? My findings match Microsoft's own projections for the OS. I still don't agree with stopping making the 950 range, but the withdrawal from consumers in favour of business and enterprise is... probably for the best, if my experience is anything to go by.

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Waze is STILL your best real-time navigator on Windows 10 Mobile in 2017

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What's this? An application last updated in 2014 that's still better than the first party solution from Microsoft? Well, yes, somewhat interestingly, for anyone else who has been frustrated by the limited real time traffic routing in Windows 10 Maps, I was determined to find out how well the old Waze solution worked on the latest W10M Creators Update. Turns out rather well, with only a few caveats.

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10 years of iPhone? Most of its 'innovations' came in with Nokia and others

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The tech media has been falling over itself in the last week to talk about the ten year anniversary of the Apple iPhone, that moment when Steve Jobs revealed the shape of smartphones to come. All singing, all dancing? It really wasn't. Revisionist history says that the iPhone introduced all the features we see in today's smartphones, but that's not accurate...

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Camera head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs HTC U11

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In terms of imaging, the legendary Lumia 950 XL is still very relevant in terms of specs in 2017, I'd argue, even if it's hard to buy one new. In this case it's pitched at the new imaging darling of the tech media, the HTC U11, with multi-frame exposure and combination, latest GPU, OIS, large 1.4 micron pixels and a f/1.7 aperture. Can the 950 XL maintain its crown as the best camera phone in the world?

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Microsoft's continuing commitment to Windows 10 Mobile means...

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"Microsoft abandons Windows 10 Mobile" is a news headline that we've heard a lot over the last year, fuelled by the tragic termination of first party hardware. And by a third party scene that's almost non-existent. But what's interesting is how the OS updates have continued. Anniversary Update (Redstone), Creators Update (Redstone 2) and beyond, with a thriving Insiders test build scene. So has Microsoft really abandoned the OS?

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