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Windows 10 Mobile updates for '1703' and '1709' - October 2018

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Windows 10 Mobile build 15254.538 (from .530) for all phones currently running the 1709 branch ('Fall Creators Update') is fresh out today, so go grab it now. Similarly, build 15063.1390 (from .1324) is out for all phones running the 1703 branch ('Creators Update'). Rather surprising is an update for the Anniversary Update, even though it's now 'out of support'!

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Development of Office Mobile UWP apps is now finished

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NeoWin is reporting - seemingly reliably - that Microsoft is only putting new features into the iOS and Android version of Office Mobile, and that the Windows 10 UWP versions are 'legacy'. Which directly impacts Windows 10 Mobile, of course, though I should emphasise that the Office applications will continue to get maintenance/security updates and bug fixes - we're just talking about the feature sets now being frozen. So there's no need to panic.

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Confirmation of W10M Anniversary Update End-Of-Support date

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As was expected, Microsoft's preparing to cut users on Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update loose in terms of security updates, with no 'Patch Tuesday' update available in October (this month's was the last one ever for this branch). More details below, though hopefully most AAWP readers have heeded my advice over the years (first Insiders, then using a registry hack) and have any affected older devices already on later branches.

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Introducing Appscope, a top notch PWA 'app store'

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Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are a way to extend Windows 10 Mobile (and other platforms) by running in the web browser. Edge, in the case of W10M. They can be packaged (i.e. in the native device Store) or, more usually, simply accessed via URL, e.g. from a browser favourite or pinned Start tile. But for the latter, how do you find out about new PWAs? Enter Appscope, a new and super-polished PWA discovery 'store'.

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'No more stock' of the Wileyfox Pro

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The Wileyfox Pro (WFP for short) had an interesting life, which I'll try and summarise below, based on fragments I've pieced together for a rough timeline. But sales have now effectively stopped, since the device has sold out and another production run isn't planned. [Edit: see update below!]

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Windows 10 Mobile monthly updates for all - August 2018

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People think of Windows 10 Mobile being dead. Not quite. Not yet. We're still looking at over a year of support in terms of monthly patches and fixes for Windows 10 Mobile 'Fall Creators Update'. And build 15254.527 (from .490) is fresh out today, so go grab it for all phones currently on the 'Fall Creators Update'. And with similar patches and fixes for other Windows 10 Mobile branches.

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Exclusive: the new Windows 10 Maps 'platform update' is live

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The story so far. Microsoft's Maps product, built into all Windows 10 devices (including phones), had been using out of date (2016) maps from HERE, pending a major platform update in terms of how Microsoft massage and process the raw map data. Prompting complaints from users and a response from the Bing Maps team. Happily, I can reveal that the new data went live overnight for much of the world, with my 'canary roads' in the UK now present and correct. Phew!

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The Surface Go - thinner, smaller, lighter

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Overnight (UK time), Microsoft took the wraps off the Surface Go - not strictly a phone, so not AAWP's core focus, but it has LTE and is definitely of interest as another addition to the growing Surface hardware line-up. And who knows, maybe a Surface Mobile late this year or early in 2019? Surface Go is a low cost, smaller Windows 10 hybrid and will be of special interest in education and around the home.

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Windows 10 Mobile monthly updates for all

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People think of Windows 10 Mobile being dead. Not quite. Not yet. We're still looking at over a year of support in terms of monthly patches and fixes for Windows 10 Mobile 'Fall Creators Update'. And build 15254.369 (from .313) is fresh out today, so go grab it for all phones currently on the 'Fall Creators Update'. 

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Microsoft adjusts support timescales for Windows 10 branches down to 18 months?

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Around six months ago, Microsoft quoted "28 months" as the supported period for each Windows 10 branch, but this figure seems to have been somewhat nebulous and - recently - truncated, judging from the official web site as it is now. At various points (I have screenshot proof), support has been "42 months", then "28 months", and now "18 months". Which is fair enough for the Desktop, but slightly more critical for Mobile...

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