Windows 10 Mobile monthly updates for all, though AU ends here

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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'. Meanwhile the Creators Update branch gets its regular patches, while the Anniversary Update branch gets its last one ever.

To help you visualise where we are in terms of the window for these monthly OS updates, here's a helpful chart:

Chart

Now that the Fall Creators Update ('rs3', i.e. 'Redstone 3', at least in name) is the 'production' branch of Windows 10 Mobile, we are seeing 'Patch Tuesday' fix round-ups for it too, with the official list for 15254.369, the 'April 2018' update' mainly composed of minor fixes and security patches, at least in terms of mobile relevance.

From the official release notes:

  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Windows Search component, Windows Kernel, Device Guard, Windows storage and file systems, and the Common Log File System driver.
  • 'Quality Improvements'.
  • An update to the Windows Update client to improve reliability. 

Other branches have updates either rolling out or imminent.

As usual and as per the graphic above (the rectangles in a shade of red), all other supported Windows 10 Mobile branches are getting updates too, so all those older phones (Lumia 930, 830, 735, 640, etc.) finishing life on the Anniversary or Creators Update (if the user was smart enough to use our (ahem) hack!) aren't losing out on the core security fixes, at least.

As usual, in today's vulnerability-stricken, malware-strewn and fraudulent times, we should never disregard security fixes (e.g. to the Edge browser) though, so update today in all affected mobiles, just in case!

  • Phones on the Creators Update should advance with this release to build 15063.1029 (from .968)
  • Phones on the Anniversary Update should advance to 14393.2189 (from .2125).

In each case you get the core security and component updates, though obviously without any subtleties in functionality introduced in later branches.

As ever, with all phones, head into Settings/Update & Security/Phone update in order to get the update immediately.

Note that for any phones left behind on Anniversary Update (why, why? Use our hack if you're techy enough!), this is the last ever official monthly patch/update.

Note the effective (in terms of new builds) termination of the Insiders programme, so we're only dealing with these 'Patch Tuesday' updates from now on. Besides the lack of development of new features, Insider builds for Mobile are just not worth bothering with for Microsoft, since the changes from month to month are small enough (and common enough to Desktop) to just be tested internally.