status report for November 2021: services und apps on fenster 10 cell phone

Published von Steve Litchfield punkt 8:46 UTC, november 9th 2021

Here, zum November 2021, sechs weeks after the previous update, zu sein the refreshed/latest news and comment top top applications and services on fenstern 10 cell phone - the OS itself has now had the very tonnage security update, yet it blieb works on ns whole. This feature möchte summarise what"s broken and what"s not, in addition to workarounds wherein possible. Details und links schutz all been updated throughout. Note that I"ve kept die URL die same, deshalb the belastung year of comments room all blieb here.

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Post ns final OS updateby a full yearwe"re bei a decreasing phase des the OS, where most von the ingredient that ever worked ausblüten works (and ist supported), but things are definitely now falling off ns edges, together it were. Which way that it"s hard kommen sie keep track des it every - hence the table below, i beg your pardon I"ll keep updated every month.

Note that some days are approximate, because even we punkt AAWP can"t see into die future v certainty! I"ve colour coded table cells, with pale red for "on ns way out, v workarounds and caveats", through increasingly dark shades, and red zum "no hope!"...

Microsoft services
Security updatesThe tonnage update was an January 2020 - and was zum the newest 1709 branch. Theoretically, the OS is now "vulnerable", though an practice windows 10 Mobile ist now battle hardenedand so an utterly miniscule target zum attackers, deshalb the lack of updates won"t actually be an issue. I"d suggest that lack des support so means the people hinweisen Microsoft won"t it is in testing services against fenstern 10 Mobile any kind of more, but we all know that they haven"t to be doing this for some time, sadly.
Firmware rebuildsIf something walk horribly wrong und you require a fresh anfang then there room a couple von PC-based utilities kommen sie help out (WDRT - seen the patch, plusOTC Updater*), despite they depend on the original call "images" being ausblüten available on Microsoft"s servers. I can"t imagine die download bandwidth here amounts to much, yet Microsoft will, weist some point, nah dran down this servers, more than likely because dinge are an altering server-side to accommodate neu services und platforms. No ende date is known, I"d guess, part time in 2021 or beyond. (* There"s a question unterschrift over OTC Updater, however here"s the workaround...)

If all else fails, web page likelumiafirmware.comappear to oase archived all ns device bild from Microsoft"s servers. Actually flashing lock on zu sein VERY non-trivial, deswegen I"ll save a tutorial zum when ns official utilities break! Update: Lumiafirmware ist down, deswegen try

Web looking (Edge)

Edge stays a experienced browser weil das most plain sites. However its advance stopped as of fenster 10 branch 1703 virtually threeyears ago, effectively, since die 1709 branch"s leaf wasn"t fully rounded the end (in state of service worker and other lift operation). Which renders it something des a tot end if you"re looking weil das more. Third splitterpartei browsers like gedenkort Browser perform more, despite ultimately oase the very same underlying restrictions zum PWAs und some various other HTML5-reliant sites. Roughly geholfen the PWAs the end there work, roughly hilfreich don"t - see the flow column top top AAWP zum recommendations von the former!

Just as wie Symbian"s web browser was deemed alt hat an 2013-2015 due to the fact that web sites and technologies had actually "moved on", the same zu sein largely true now zum Edge (in v1709). Pages schutz grown because 2015, internet technologies schutz evolved, und precisely zero internet developers space testing versus such in old (2016 era) browser. C"est kelle vie.

I"m just making the point that Edge was actually pretty great wie it launched in Windows 10 mobile at the time. It"s the world that has actually changed...!

Auto-backupsUntil "March 2020", i.e. over 19 month ago! clearly someone at Microsoft has forgotten zu turn this leistungen off*, which zu sein handy. It"s notfall clear whethermanual backups wollen be possible after auto-backups do at some point finish. Clock this room - as des today, 9th november 2021, both auto und manual backups arestill working nur fine. I suspect that this möchte finally stop bei March 2022, wie OneDrive support for fenster 7 und 8.1 zu sein being officially pulled.

* This syndrome isn"t unknown. No one weist Microsoft has actually been particularly tasked v shutting the server off, dafür things möchte probably now nur keep working until in infrastructure change zum some other system physically impacts die backup servers!

Restoring indigenous backups

Until "March 2021" - in theory, if freundin hard reset a windows 10 cell phone phone jetzt then you"d schutz to rebuild that manually, installing from the Store, etc. I beg your pardon will blieb hopefully function. I"ll post a tutorial and check perform as and when this definitely stops working. There"s every gelegenheit that Microsoft wollen forget about transforming this system off too!

Mind you, there"s a school des thought which states that it"s always best kommen sie build in app set-up from scratch anyway, an order notfall to put zurück stuff sie don"t actually need. PIM stuff and photos will kommen sie via ns cloud und OneDrive etc. It"s bei option, anyway, going forwards, so do make certain that you have other data and documents on your phone duplicated onto other devices and media, as needed.

Store appsApplication updates und installs have to be good until hinweisen least the end of 2021. The alt 8.1 Store was given 30 months after end of support zum the OS itself, if us extrapolate the to fenster 10 mobile then ns Store might last until summer 2022. But i think the ende might come this Christmas, i.e. December 2021.

Notably, die trickle of new UWP applications in the save has jetzt pretty much dried up, and only a handful des popular titles are still receiving updates. Die developer world has (understandably) moved on. But it"s ausblüten important to have the Store fully available, an case you have to reset und restore a Lumia, due to the fact that latest binaries kommen sie from here as part of the gain back process.

Store clientIgnore scare geschichten about ns Store customer itself notfall being updated anymore - update with bug fixes and security tweaks will continue weil das at the very least a year, perhaps more, albeit with new features und UI fanciments only ns latest windows 10 desktop OS branches. And yes, some of these updates will schutz knock on effects for fenster 10 mobile - us had problems with die Store needing a hand-operated "Refresh" recently- these gott resolved, thankfully.
Auto-Photos upload to OneDriveStill working at die moment, as punkt 9th november 2021, und no finish day specified, though bei theory hinweisen some suggest this year you"d have to upload bildern manually, as needed. No doubt Microsoft möchte forget zu actually move this turn off too, so it will carry on with 2022 until something breaks! I"ll report back if this happens.

It"s worth noting that the OneDrive customer on iOS und Android zu sein excellent - if freundin do switch hinweisen some allude then freundin essentially carry on with the same interface, auto-backup, und photo stream in the wolke (subject kommen sie your storage plan, e.g. 1TB v Office Microsoft 365)

OneDrive music streamingStopped from may 2019 onwards, weist least from in ~ Groove Music app. Freundin can blieb stream indigenous OneDrive or download from both first und third splitterpartei applications despite - see the attached article for suggestions.
OneDriveNo cessation date for windows 10 Mobile access announced, likely 2022 or means beyond - Microsoft ist a cloud company an many means now and OneDrive ist central to its vision.
Office Lens

This gift a cloud-centric OCR solution, it"s completely dependent on Microsoft permitting server access. The wasannounced that accessibility to die OneDrive servers would certainly stop punkt the end of 2020, and this has now happened, zum Office Lens on both Mobile and Desktop. Die idea is that the iOS und Android versions von Office include die same functionality und will be an ext convenient zum most people. Walk figure.

Outlook Mail, Calendar

No cessation date announced, likely 2022 or beyond. Outlook app development zu sein all ~ above newer fenstern 10 branches though, deswegen the existing one on fenster 10 Mobile is only receiving klein bug fixes and none of the sexier stuff you"ll check out about in the news.

Of concerned note ist that auto-configuration von new major email/PIM account doesn"t jetzt work. I"ve experiment setting up a google account kommen sie work with Outlook on a reset phone und changes at Google"s end mean the the relevant password und set nach oben screens don"t gain handled properly. Similarly weil das Yahoo, and possibly others.

Note that existing phones with formerly setup accounts will carry on working fine - die caveat above is zum adding accounts kommen sie a windows 10 mobile phone. Plus indigenous Microsoft email/PIM accounts room fine.

Office UWP applicationsUpdates zum these werestopped, as des "January 2021", though die applications should bring on working indefinitely. The lack von updates after ~ this zu sein moot though, since main anwendung development is all on newer fenster 10 branches, deshalb the existing Office UWP apps on fenster 10 Mobile oase only been receiving bug fixes (at best).

No main cessation day announced. "Automatically upgrade maps" seems to still work (i.e. Doesn"t throw nach oben a server error) as des the center of november 2021, however actual updates schutz now stopped - ich haven"t had anything offered since january 2021. Time will tell, etc! Ironically, here Maps/Drive and offline maps updates ausblüten work perfectly zum "ye olde" fenstern Phone 8.1 because they"re driven über HERE, not von Microsoft.

NewsNo cessation date announced, most likely 2022 or beyond. Use under fenster 10 Mobile has actually been frozen zum a while, to add the system doesn"t conserve one"s sources/preferences an News, make it much less useful. Sports inhalt no longer works.
WeatherAs v News, no cessation day announced, likely 2022 or beyond, despite Weather ist simpler und everything ausblüten works nur fine.
Microsoft To-DoThis has jetzt been announced together stopping punkt the end of 2021. The app will carry on working, but won"t sync with cloud data und thus various other devices.
CortanaThis has nowendedon Android und iOS, von the way, dafür it"s not just W10M suffering. On mine Lumias, and in most regions, Cortana/search zu sein rather crippled, despite do grad that some basic operations do blieb work, consisting of some internet functions.

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Films & TV(aka "Movies & TV") No cessation date announced, however several rumours. Clever money has new purchases stopping soon and no access zu past purchases stopping in 2022. Nur a guess. I"ve checked und past purchases are still available, as punkt 9th november 2021, the DRM blieb works, encrypted movies and TV shows still play, und with no warning message in-app.
SkypeNo cessation day announced zum the UWP app (the Desktop ist now rückseitig to Win32, effectively), however it"s 100% online and requires server integration, obviously, so I wouldn"t it is in surprised if an end date zum Skype on fenster 10 Mobile was announced soon. As punkt 9th november 2021 it"s blieb fully working, including syncing all messages und calls.
MicrosoftAuthenticatorIn theory, this möchte keep working zum ages if it"s already set up, since it counts on tokens indigenous the relevant sites und time-based calculations. But sites could revoke tokens und require re-authentication, so a system like this isn"t guaranteed forever. It"ll run ok during 2021, though klasse that Microsoft Authenticator does an ext on iOS und Android, include kündigungscode syncing bolzen signed-in tools (in theory - bei my experience, this ist patchy, anyway). It"s nur a shame the this potential sync doesn"t encompass W10M, because the app was frozen too early bei development.
Social applications

Official client is a PWA,but functions very well (if already installed), except lack of push notifications to the Edge engine offered (the usual lack des "service workers" in the browser). Here"s die latest changelog. API limitations hinweisen Twitter"s end mean that there"s now no completely working third splitterpartei alternative (at least, one that also has access kommen sie DMs).

However, of note zu sein that this has jetzt disappeared from ns Store, dafür there"s no way to install the again ~ above a reset device, which is a substantial shame.

FacebookOfficial (Osmeta-based, acquired from iOS codebase) client has now been withdrawn from the Store, und even if you have it previously set up then it crashes und burns. There room numerous facebook "scraping" applications und options though, and these operation faster and more efficiently than the facebook original customer ever go (go figure!) Do see the caveat below though.
Facebook MessengerOfficial (Osmeta-based, derived from iOS codebase) client deshalb now notfall available anymore. An excellent riddance, arguably, due to the fact that it was bloated. Ns solutions linked an our post hereused zu include radikale Messenger support, through the facebook mobile internet interface, yet this has now been retired von Facebook.

Official (Osmeta-based, obtained from iOS codebase) client has now been withdrawn, gift part von the facebook "empire".There"s bei official instagram PWA, however it"s officially accessible patchily under fenster 10 Mobile, accessible as in upgrade through ns Store only if you have the original installed. Very odd - it"s not there otherwise. But don"t despair, as ns PWA has been newly upgraded und is available zu anyone together a simple URL/favourite in the leaf browser.

There are so several third splitterpartei alternatives, ns clear favourite von which zu sein the quirky, regularly unstable, but always improvingWinsta UWP(which now features notifications).

WhatsappThe main WP8.1 client has now officially stopped working. Ifyou need a Whatsapp replacement and don"t want to switch platform then see Telegram, below.
TelegramPlenty des options here, with bei official WP8.1 application (still in the W10M Store) that zu sein gradually falling into disrepair, but so an main PWA that works OK(though v no push notifications, due kommen sie Edge limitations) and athird splitterpartei app, Unigram cell phone Messenger UWP, which ist fully functional and still available (after ns original Unigram went off right into Desktop-only realms).
RedditNo full access anymore. The Reddit site no much longer works an Edge, and the Readit und Baconit UWP third party clients crash after ~ sign-in. Both client let you do grundlegend Reddit browsing yet some graphical facets are lacking and, of course, you can"t add or interact - because you can"t sign in.
ViberThis messaging anwendung has a first party UWP application, yet reviews have been patchy - it"s not actively updated. According to readers, that functionality is now compromised, notfall least due to the fact that if you schutz to collection it up on a new phone then phone numbers aren"t being recognised. Note that there ist a workaround for zuerst time set-up, but it"s fiddly in the extreme.
SnapchatThis has never been on windows phones and never möchte be.
PinterestThere"s no official client zum this, butpinterest.comin sheet seems to be a PWA und acts like in application. Plus, if you ausblüten want a indigenous UWP applications experience, there"s "Piny - Pinterest with love" UWPor PinStar UWP, both des which still work well.
Media consumption

The official WP8.1 application ausblüten technically runs, yet has now lost search functions and is clearly on the way out. Assorted third splitter linterparty applications to be targetted über Spotify"s lawyers and have now been withdrawn from ns Store, sadly. Spotimo UWP was your best bet, and was reworked as "Strix Music", und this ist available zum side-loading. Notfall ideal, yet its "LTS" (Long hatchet Support) version (v1.4.9 as i write this) does "kind of" work und it"s not too onerous to get the installed. Intend glitches galore, so be patient with it - it"s every we"ve got!


This main WP8.1 applications has now stopped functioning on both 8.1 and deshalb Windows 10 Mobile in most regions. This was broken and now, with a server-side change, functions again! that seems fenstern phone media handling was more robust than we"d feared! mental you, in my experience, the loading time for video streaming is now so high as zu make die client unpleasant kommen sie use.

VideoAmazon has never had in official prime Video application for fenster phones, but if you"re glücklich to violin a little an Edge then freundin can watch this on die go. It"s not arglosen though und is a finish pain in the proverbial contrasted to the slick experience in a dedicated anwendung on various other platforms. Interestingly, bei official früh Video applications for fenstern 10 desktop computer appeared recently.
AudibleFor audio books, die excellent Audible UWP application and Amazon"s leistungen continues to work well, as at november 2021. Plus try ns newish "button free" interface?(!)
DeezerFor basic audio (radio, podcasts, part audio books), there"s anofficial UWP client weil das Deezer, however it"s starting kommen sie hit die rails. Part "front page" content no much longer loads and the facebook login an approach no longer works, but i was able to log in via a specialized Deezer id and then stream music as usual.
YouTubeOne von the an ext famous spats betwee Google and Microsoft, this hasn"t had in official application for years, though of prozess it works fine bei the edge browser. I"d recommend myTube!, Perfect pipe or Awesome tube though, all UWP applications v slick interfaces and all retained bang up zu date. Hopefully. Youtube does store changing things though, deshalb have all 3 UWP apps installed and go zum the one updated many recently (myTube 4.1, as ich write this - awesome Tube und Perfect Tube have varying issues).
BBC iPlayerThis has been browser-only weil das years under fenster phone und Windows 10 Mobile, however it"s fine. There"s die usual "log right into the bbc servers" und you"re in and watching. There"s no downloading of programmes zum watching letztere though, zum DRM reasons.
Third splitterpartei UWP appsCurated into a "best of" perform here, neu applications oase been dry up in recent years, with nur a handful of neu titles each quarter now, though ns Flow tower on AAWP"s front buchseite gives a great idea of which applications (if any) are still punching through with any kind of updates.

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