After a gap of six weeks, it's my latest update for AAWP's directories of general applications (8 new entries, 2 removed), media, imaging and reading apps (3 new entries), and games (12 new entries). Your guide to the best of Microsoft's on-phone Store, every item has been reviewed - or recommended by readers here.
People think of our OS being dead. Not quite. We're still looking at (up to) just over two years of support in terms of monthly patches and fixes for Windows 10 Mobile. And build 15254.124 is fresh out today, so go grab it. In other news, the Fast ring on the Insiders finally gets a new build, on the way to a 'Redstone 4'-compatible branch in 2018.
First seen at IFA back in August, the Wileyfox Pro has now surfaced, shipping in a couple of weeks, for £189 inc VAT. It's fairly low end, but Wileyfox clearly sees a security-conscious market in the enterprise world and I'll bet that price is negotiable in bulk, so think £120 each, ex-VAT, to companies?
Having shown off the WinPhone 5.0 at IFA a couple of months ago, Trekstor has now decided to throw its consumer future over to Indiegogo, with a project goal of 500,000 Euros. See below for details, quotes and an exclusive interview with the company.
The headline above is more of a confirmation than a revelation, of course, but it's still worth stating, if only to work out the phones that are still going to be supported. The sources here are independent tweets from Jason Howard and Brandon Le Blanc, senior managers on the Windows Insider programme. Below, I dig deep into timescales and support windows to find out what this means for some classic Lumias.
Today sees Microsoft release a Release Candidate for Windows 10 Mobile Fall Creators Update to the Fast and Slow Insiders rings. Interestingly, the build is labelled with 'feature2_rs3svc', implying 'Feature 2 branch, Redstone 3 Service', so clearly Microsoft considers this part of the whole Redstone 3 branch and package. Not surprisingly, since there's still an awful lot that's commmon between Desktop and Mobile.
One of the nice surprises arriving from the 'Fall Creators Update' arriving in the 'Release Preview' ring was discovering that Microsoft has allowed a number of classic Lumias, including the 735, 830, 930/Icon, and 1520, to stay on the Creators Update and essentially acquiring full 'production' status, in the manner of a Lumia 650 or 950. This is notable as it will keep such handsets going and supported for much longer, until Spring 2019 at least.
Well, it didn't take a rocket scientist to see this one coming. Back when the Windows 10 Mobile-running HP Elite x3 was launched, it came with a custom virtualisation solution from HP (actually layered on top of Frame), the idea being that employees out and about could then run enterprise Win32 applications remotely on their Continuum display or HP Lap Dock. But Workspace was slow, clunky and expensive... and now no more.
A second Insiders Fast ring update in a week (overnight) has confirmed to us that the (rather confusingly-named) 'Fall Creators Update' is indeed coming to Windows 10 Mobile, and to all phones that were 'Creators Update'-provisioned.
Hold on... News? NEWS? It's not really, and I'm in severe danger of abusing my position at AAWP just to rant at Microsoft. But in this case they deserve it. One of the central first party applications is broken and I've run out of other ways to bring this to the world's attention. [Update: we now have a workaround!]