These features are out for good with Windows 10 version 1809

iamsovy@gmail.com' By: Sovan Mandal
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Microsoft is all set to launch its next big update, Windows 10 version 1809 in October. While that should be a nice piece of news for current Windows 10 users, Microsoft has also announced the upcoming update will annul several features while several more will be ticked off the development cycle, meaning those are next in line for abandonment.

The company however has stated any feature that is being cancelled won’t create a void as such since those have either been replaced with something better or are in the process of being so. That said, all apps or more specifically, the code that depend on the features being annulled will henceforth be rendered junk.

Features no longer supported on the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

The features that are set to get the boot include Business Scanning (also called Distributed Scan Management or DSM) and FontSmoothing setting in unattend.xml as both have become obsolete. Trusted Platform Module (TPM) management console too is on the way out, with the info that used to be available in the console now being available in the Device security page in the Windows Defender Security Center.

Further, limpet.exe that allows for TPM access for Azure connectivity is being made open source from now on. Hence that too is on the list of expendable features right now.

These apart, Microsoft has also made it known they won’t be introducing any new updates to the WEDU server. What that means is there won’t be any new updates for Windows Embedded Standard 8 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard via Windows Embedded Developer Update. Instead, users can source relevant updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

The Hololens app too will cease to exist, with the Mixed Reality Viewer taking its place instead. Same is the case with the Phone Companion app that will cease to exist post the version 1809 update. Instead, there is going to be the new Phone page under Settings that would have a largely similar functionality, that of syncing your mobile with the Windows 10 PC.

Similarly, the features that are not being developed any further include OneSync service, Companion device dynamic lock APIS and Snipping Tool.

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