Windows 10 Mobile Insider program quietly comes to an end

Today, we have some bad news to pass along to those few remaining Windows 10 Mobile users who have been receiving updates via the Windows 10 Mobile Insider program. A tweet from Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc indicates that no more insider builds of Windows 10 Mobile are coming. Windows 10 Mobile phones will still receive monthly security updates from Microsoft, but nothing else is expected to be pushed out.

Microsoft has already said that it won’t be adding new features to Windows 10 Mobile which means that there will be no reason to send out any updates (again, other than security updates) …


Video is flipped upside down on the Skype for Windows Mobile 10 Universal app

Some users of the Skype Universal Windows Platform app for Windows 10 Mobile are noticing that a bug is flipping the image for video calls upside down. One complaint, posted on a community forum, came from a man who used the app on his Lumia 950 XL to call his Wife’s Lumia 950. The couple used the front-facing camera on each of their Windows 10 Mobile powered handsets, and both received the video stream upside down.

Ironically, even though the app is made for the Universal Windows Platform, the PC version of it is not experiencing the same issue. According to some Windows 10 Mobile users, …

Update from Microsoft protects Windows 10 Mobile handsets from Meltdown and Spectre

Android and iOS powered devices are certainly not the only mobile products that need protection from the current two bad boys of the security flaw world. We are referring, of course, to Spectre and Meltdown. These bugs, with the help of a malicious app, can steal the secrets that you hide in your phone, including the passwords that are used to get into your banking and brokerage apps.

Microsoft has pushed out a cumulative update for all Windows 10 Mobile handsets regardless of whether they are registered with the Insider program or not. On the company’s support page, it says that the update …

Microsoft demands your mobile number when setting up Windows 10 Build 17063


Windows 10 Build 17063 asks, nay, demands that you give your mobile phone number to Microsoft during the set up process. If you refuse to give the number to the gang in Redmond, you will not be allowed to finish installing the new build on your PC. The screen that demands your number says “Link your Phone and PC. Windows loves all your devices-get essential apps that help you work better across your devices.”

There is no “Skip” button, and when you enter your mobile number an SMS message is sent to your smartphone that links the two devices. This allows you to use features like “Continue …

One day after adding an exclusive feature for its Windows Phone beta, WhatsApp disabled it

On Thursday, WhatsApp pushed out an update for the Windows Phone beta version of the messaging app. The update, to version 2.17.342.0, included a feature allowing those involved in a group chat, to reply to a message in private to a member of the group. A chat window to the recipient would automatically open, and it included the message from the group that the sender was replying to. Already available on the Windows 10 web version of WhatsApp, the new feature is not yet offered on the iOS or Android version of the app.

WhatsApp giveth, and WhatsApp taketh away. On Friday, another update, …

The Mirabook is a shell of a laptop that can be powered by your Galaxy S8, Windows 10 Mobile, or Huawei Mate 10

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile may not be doing extremely well, but it has a small community of devout fans. The company managed to attract a lot of them with the productivity capabilities of its Lumia devices — the Continuum feature, for example, was an awesome jump forward for the mobile world when it was introduced in 2015.

Quick reminder — Continuum is the feature, which lets you plug a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to your phone and use it as you would use a desktop PC, albeit limited to Windows native apps. This may sound familiar to Samsung’s DeX and Huawei’s …

Save 64% on the Windows 10 Mobile powered Alcatel Idol 4S from the Microsoft Store

The Microsoft Store can save you $301 or a whopping 64% on the Windows 10 Mobile powered unlocked Alcatel Idol 4S. Normally priced at $470, you’ll be paying just $169 for the handset. Shipping, by the way, is free. Unfortunately, we don’t know how long this deal is good for. Before we continue, we should point out that there is some difference in the specs between this Windows 10 Mobile handset and the variant that runs on Android.

For example, the 5.5-inch AMOLED display on the Android version of the Idol 4S offers a resolution of 1440 x 2560 (QHD) versus the 1080 x 1920 resolution on the …

HP Elite x3 now available on Verizon, Windows Mobile is not dead (yet)


Microsoft this week started selling a Verizon-compatible HP
Elite x3 – following months of speculations about this. Originally released in
2016, the HP Elite x3 is a high-end smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile, a
platform that Microsoft will no longer be focusing on.

 

The Verizon-compatible HP Elite x3 can be found only at
Microsoft’s website (see the source link below), and costs $599 outright, free
Desk Dock included. It doesn’t look like you can buy the smartphone with
monthly payments. While Microsoft is mainly targeting business customers with
the Elite x3, nothing stops regular …

Microsoft Lumia 535 is the most widely used Windows Phone globally

AdDuplex is a company that helps Windows Phone developers cross-promote their apps for free. With more than 30 million ads served daily, AdDuplex is in a position to reveal plenty of data related to Windows Phone. For example, according to AdDuplex, handsets running Windows Phone 8.1 have a massive 73.8% share of the platform. Windows 10 Mobile powered phones make up 20.9% of Windows Phone devices currently in use, leaving Windows Phone 8 (7.1%) and Windows Phone 7.x (1.2%) to fill out the rest of the list.

So which Windows Phone is the most widely used model at this time? With 13% of the …

Gameloft calls it quits on Windows Phone, stops supporting high-profile games

French developer and publisher has just announced that it has decided to drop support for some of its high-profile Windows Phone games. The decision isn’t surprising considering Microsoft’s recent statements related to the mobile platform.

If you happen to still own a Windows Phone handset, then you should know that Gameloft will be discontinuing development for Dungeon Hunter 5 for Windows Phone, as well as Sniper Fury and Modern Combat 5.

These games and probably others will not be getting any new updates going forward. However, Gameloft is giving players …