Microsoft adds Windows Server to Insider programme

Windows Phone is Officially Dead

Windows Phone is Officially Dead

Users with an AADP or MSA account can reset their password or PIN directly from the login screen. The softened layer will be present in any XAML-based UI and in apps that use Acrylic Material and target build 16251 and later.

Earlier this week, Microsoft ended support for Windows 8.1 mobile phones and there is one more year of support left for Windows 10, as the company is working on bringing to life a new Windows-powered handheld device. It will also be incorporated into Xbox One.

Microsoft are also adding two new Delivery Optimization settings - there are responsible for downloading apps and updates. In this build, the multi-engine view-which monitors for the four most active GPU engines-is now the default.

Task Manager Improvements. There are design changes to the GPU section of the Performance tab.

In anticipation of the mixed reality headset development kits due out in August from Acer Inc. and HP Inc., Microsoft has announced some mixed reality improvements in build 16241.

Two tourists dead following mass stabbing at Egyptian hotel resort of Hurghada
Egypt's state-run news agency says gunmen have attacked a security checkpoint in Cairo, killing five security forces. Tourists walk on the Giftun Island beach as the sun sets over the Red Sea in Hurghada, Egypt, in August 2015.

As for mixed reality, Microsoft has added support for motion controllers over USB (wireless and Bluetooth support is coming soon). As of right now, there's a single main carrier offering a Windows 10 Mobile product on contract, and it's not even a particularly high-end model.

The Verge reports that Microsoft has halted the manufacturing of its own Lumia-branded smartphones, with a rumor suggesting that Microsoft will just maintain Windows 10 Mobile support through to 2018. During my download of Build 16241, I kept an eye on the Activity Monitor and was able to see the distribution of what data was downloaded from Microsoft, PCs on my local network, or PCs on the Internet. The full list of known issues within this preview build can be found in Microsoft's blog post announcing its release.

Minor as these changes may seem, eventually they will affect all developers building apps for Windows.

So if you are a fan of the Windows 10 Mobile platform, what are your options? While an issue which caused the Game bar to crash during broadcasting has also been fixed.

Of course, these are previews so they come with the same caveats as the desktop previews do - expect bugs and issues during testing and do not put these builds into a production environment. Build 16241 also includes the graying out of the "Pin to Taskbar" option for InPrivate sessions in Microsoft Edge.

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