Microsoft Teams – recently reviewed on AAWP – has been updated twice during the summer with new features for its Windows 10 Mobile app. The new updates bring this to version 126.96.36.199 and introduce the ability to upload files in team conversations, search functionality, support for new languages (Norwegian and Thai) and a few UI tweaks.
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Cue the usual unwarranted panic over the 'end' of something, but this particular item has been inactive and effectively dead for months, if not over a year. Today, July 11th 2017, is the official 'End Of Support' date for Windows Phone 8.1. Some quotes and comments below.
Even past the original March 1st deadline, Skype still worked fully on Windows Phone 8.1. But as of July, four months on, it seems as though a switch has been thrown somewhere and Microsoft's now deprecated Windows Phone 8.1 platform and its accompanying Skype client no longer allow sign-ins with the company's new centralised Skype architecture (done mainly to enable many-to-many calls/video).
There has been another significant update to AAWP's own (ahem) much praised UWP application for Windows 10 Mobile. AAWP Universal v1.5 adds more UI tweaks, Disqus improvements and an option to donate to the developer. Thanks (a million) as always to Joe Blumenow..
Back at the start of 2017, I mentioned a new UWP browser which featured ad-blocking and other 'advanced' technologies, at least scoring points over Edge on Windows 10 Mobile. Since then, there have been numerous app updates, culminating in v2.2.80 that brings the browser, in my opinion, to pre-eminence on the OS, i.e. use this instead of Edge for a faster and more pleasant experience on the modern web.
A bevy of Skype and Messaging-related tweaks and stories has prompted me to round these up in a single post, for completeness. Takeaways include the 'Messaging+Skype' experiment being officially ended and that Skype UWP now supports animated GIFs 'inline', but there's more below too.
In addition to the Fast ring for Insiders, Microsoft has its own internal rings and test releases of the Windows 10 SDKs, meaning that keen developers can sometimes get a heads-up on changes that are heading everyone’s way. In this case, it’s Gustave M., with a screenshot seemingly showing that support for (ye olde) Silverlight applications is being dropped in an upcoming version of Windows 10 Mobile.
myTube! has always one of the 'big three' in terms of Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile YouTube clients and it has just had a major rewrite for its v3.0 relaunch. Given that Google still doesn't see a need for a native first party YouTube client, I reckon that a slick alternative like myTube! in this next gen version is distinctly newsworthy.
Expending zero energy on thinking up a new branch title, Microsoft has announced at BUILD 2017 that the next major Windows 10 branch (for most form factors) will be the 'Fall Creators Update'. I guess this makes sense since there's still an emphasis on creating, in this case desktop-hosted story 'remixing' (photos and videos), but it's still a somewhat weak title, if you ask me. The future for phones and mobile in general is yet to be announced, though I've got a feature on the way which will hopefully reveal all.
I thought it worth noting that Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update (originally codenamed 'Redstone 2') is now rolling out officially to 'production' users in the UK, with multiple people tweeting and emailing me over the last 12 hours to confirm this. The actual build is 15063.251. See below for plenty of helpful links that are relevant here.