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Optus is the only Australian carrier still offering Windows 10 mobile phones

14 July, 2017, 21:26 | Author: Nadine Todd
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There is nothing to suggest that Windows 10 Mobile may be around for the long term.

The new look will take place gradually as Microsoft updates its apps as more Windows developers take advantage of the design tools at their disposal.

The release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Build 16241 introduces a handful of new features and tweaks to previously announced enhancements to the operating system.

Mixed Reality improvements. For the zero people who have a Mixed Reality headset, build 16241 offers a number of improvements, none of which matter.

For those using an Azure AD Premium Microsoft account, the password and PIN can now be reset straight from the lock screen. Users need to enter the code in the lockscreen during the password recovery process. The name for each GPU will be shown on the left-hand side of the tab, a new total GPU memory text counter has been added and the default multi-engine view will display more information like 3D, Copy, Video Encode and Video Decode engines.

Build 16241 also shows it's serious because of the nature of its new features, emphasizing nuts-and-bolts improvements over new capabilities. Microsoft also applied more descriptive labels to the tab processes used by Microsoft Edge, allowing you to see whether a particular Web page is slowing your system down, or a more generic service.

Previously, the Windows Insider programme has focused primarily on consumer software with tracks available for Windows 10 and its Mobile incarnations. Profile cards in the Xbox Live in-game experience should now work again and the game bar should no longer crash while broadcasting.

Microsoft has also added support for motion controllers over USB - wireless and Bluetooth support is coming soon too. With today's release, Microsoft is also bringing its Windows Insider program to the server.

To show how much data Windows actually requires, Build 16241 includes the new Activity Monitor, which tracks data to and from your network, specific to Windows and its updates. This improves downloaded content from Windows Update and the Windows Store and makes it faster and more reliable.

You may be able to buy the older Lumia 950 or 950XL from other online retailers if you're keen, but with essentially no movement in the Windows 10 Mobile space, and with Microsoft ending support for the Windows Phone 8.1 this week, it appears that the death knell for Microsoft's phone hardware ambitions is imminent.

They claimed it was causing the newest addition to the Surface family to randomly shutdown.

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