The problem with the tech world is, from an operating system provider's point of view, that the goalposts keep moving. These perambulating pieces of wood killed Symbian, killed Blackberry, have almost killed Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile, and, one day, may even kill iOS as we know it today. With hindsight, it's all too clear, but at the time OS coders were making sensible choices.
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I'm cheating in several ways for this latest in the series of images and the story behind them. Not only am I not using a Lumia (it's an Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro), but the headline image wasn't even a photo. Ahem. But the story of this glowing tower clock is still worth telling...
No disrespect to WC's Zac Bowden, I suspect it was just a poor choice of phrase, but I heard him say on the last Windows Central podcast that "Windows 10 Mobile is End Of Life" (EOL). In the interest of clarifying the situation, I thought I'd set the record straight. And yes, anyone who has been following AAWP for the last year will already guess what I'm about to say/repeat/restate (though there's a new pretty chart to admire!) - Windows 10 Mobile is far from 'EOL', despite the utter lack of new phones in High Street shops.
Now... this is an unashamed update of an article from six months ago - yet the information is still very relevant indeed after the production updates for many devices to Fall Creators Update (FCU) and to Creators Update (CU) for older phones. If the updates haven't gone smoothly (and I've heard of PIM sync issues, audio volume and camera problems, all characteristic of system file conflicts under the hood) then maybe a November 2017 'refresh' is what's needed?
With another update for mid-November 2017, here's our directory of the very best of the Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile world, now split into two for logistics reasons. On this page are general, news, productivity, travel, time, and more. See this page for anything related to imaging or consuming media of any kind.
For logistics reasons, we've split our applications directory for Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile into two, with a natural spin-off section being anything to do with imaging, camera, media and music/voice. This is the mid-November 2017 update. The original applications directory excludes these categories.
I collaborate with guest writer Noel from New Zealand to bring a healthy-ish data point on a classic phone and OS - amazingly, he's still living with Windows Phone 8.1 on his Lumia 1020. He goes into detail below, plus there are some comments from me too in answer to his concerns over updates and security.
Continuing what has been a somewhat imaging-centric week on AAWP (that all stops tomorrow), in another in our popular camera phone tutorial series, I'm using a photo sent in by a reader, Jeff Appleton, who amazes with a photo taken on his Lumia 950 in Iceland. Taken in incredibly challenging light conditions.
'Microsoft abandons the Lumia 640 range!' was one headline from the last couple of days. 'Windows 10 Mobile finally dead!' was another. They make good headlines for attracting clicks and traffic, but both headlines are highly misleading. I know we've been over this ground a few times in the last month, but just for the record, as a bit of a Friday rant, do grant me some license to repeat myself here...
As I proved last week, rumours of Windows 10 Mobile's death have been mightily exaggerated. As an OS and with updates provided, for many people we're looking at patches, updates and fixes to both OS and UWP applications for another two years (or 18 months for 'classic' phones) now. Having said all that, it's fair to say that 'retirement' is a good analogy and there are some serious caveats that we should all be aware of going forwards.