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Does death of Windows Phone 8.1 mark Surface Phone's creation — Surface Phone

Does death of Windows Phone 8.1 mark Surface Phone's creation — Surface Phone

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with shell, gaming, Task Manager, mixed reality, and delivery optimization improvements.

Windows phones, you remember those, right?

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. For more on Ubuntu and Windows 10 check out this blog post. Microsoft does sell Windows 10 Mobile devices through its online store, although at the time of writing only the HP Elite x3 is available to buy outright for $1,099, or $989.10 if you're an eligible student or educator.

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. If you're on a low-bandwidth pipe and watching Netflix, for example, the amount of Windows update data will slow to a crawl.

We expected Microsoft to take a somewhat conservative approach to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and so far it seems to be paying off.

In addition to that, the multi-view engine has been set as default, which shows the performance monitors of the four most active GPU engines - 3D, Copy, Video Encode and Video Decode.




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.

This month, the rate of the cumulative updates which have been installed correctly exceeded 99%, while the complaints regarding failed installs or issues caused by these patches, can be hardly seen.

There is a total GPU memory text counter, a Direct X version also contains the highest supported DX feature level.

Among other moves in that direction, Microsoft recently made a decision to give Windows users access to the iTunes app.

It gutted its phone business year and during Microsoft's recent Build and Inspire conferences, CEO Satya Nadella dropped the company's mantra of "mobile-first, cloud-first" in favor of "intelligent cloud". The latest build includes support for USB motion controllers (with wireless support pledged soon) as well as a host of other improvements, including speech commands and a better teleportation experience.

This build has eight known issues, so make sure to check those before updating.


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