Not strictly relevant to the technicalities of Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile, but you may be interested in how Microsoft is doing overall. Their Q3 (fiscal) results were announced yesterday, with some highlights below.
Now, don't get too excited - this isn't some low level hack, and regular AAWP readers probably know everything that's detailed below. But for anyone catching up to the ever-more-convoluted story of Windows Phone, Windows 10 Mobile, the Insiders programme, the Lumia 930/Icon and 1520, and - above all - Microsoft's idiosyncratic policies, then here indeed is how to get your Lumia 930 or 1520 onto the Creators Update.
Originally designed for Windows Phone 8.1, Money Tracker Pro has recently become a full UWP too, for Windows 10, on phone, tablet and laptop. We've not covered it on AAWP before, but it looks a very comprehensive solution for managing and analysing large financial transactions, think savings accounts and stock portfolios.
It's easy to look back from a world in which Windows-based phone hardware sales have dropped to millions rather than billions, and to point the finger at what went wrong. In fact, that's just what I'm doing here. Five of the biggest mistakes from my own perspective, at least - I appreciate that there have been corporate-level mistakes too, not all of which we necessarily know about!
The GO series of deluxe, immersive puzzles from Square Enix effectively reaches its peak with this, Deus Ex Go, using the basic framework of the 'Deus Ex' franchise, characters and locations, but with a new hexagonal grid system for character movement and all-new powers, obstacles and techniques. Is it all too much, too complex? Yes. Is it enormous, brain-straining fun? Oh yes again.
The Creators Update is now hitting Release Preview Insider phones - or at least some of them. This comes a few days before the likely rollout to 'production' devices. The full official availability list is , though there are some question marks over Insider provisioning for older devices, as evidenced by today's availability missing out (at the time of writing) the likes of the Lumia 930 and 1520. Does this mean that provisioning for these of Redstone 2 has already been pulled on the Microsoft servers?
Not necessarily, this might simply be a staged process. We shall see. It would be a shame to leave such device owners on either the slower Anniversary Update or an 'unfinished' previous Creators Update build. Microsoft has referred to such 'unsupported' devices continuing to get cumulative updates, but I'm still researching what exactly this means in the real world.
With the England's FA cup in its last stage and with the football season reaching its climax, now's a great time to note a new UWP app, Onefootball, with data presented in copious forms from the massive Onefootball web site/service. It's really well done, too, adapting to all screen sizes, Continuum displays, laptops and tablets. Oh, and did I mention that it's all completely free?
A year ago I pitched the Huawei P9 against the camera phone world champion (in terms of image quality), the Lumia 950. A year on, the P10 adds extra resolution and OIS to the mix in trying to challenge the Lumia - but is it enough? With a bunch of interesting lighting challenges I test the phone cameras out...
So the new 'feature2' builds are still moving on apace for Windows 10 Mobile Fast ring Insider phones (keep up at the back!), though build 15207, now available for 'compatible devices', is just a small but important fix, making sure that crash and reboot cycles after a reset don't occur. By the way, you'll have seen ?
A couple of links of interest from Microsoft from the last couple of days. Firstly, there have been big performance improvements to the Edge browser for the Creators Update - the . Secondly, there's in the next few weeks, but there's a caveat that you might like to think about beforehand.
After many editorials and features, there still seems to be much confusion about exactly where each Windows Phone will end up - officially. So I thought I'd produce an upgrade grid, for easy bookmarking. And note that I'm ignoring hacks like fiddling with phone registries - we're keeping things 100% legitimate here.
1Shot was always the camera application for Windows Phone that got you closer to the sensor in your phone camera than any other application - what you see on screen is what you get, with no post processing, no lossy digital zoom, no effects. Uniquely, this also means that it's the perfect app to deliver truly lossless zoom on Windows 10 Mobile, with only a slight adjustment to your own mindset about resolution.
Bing's image of the day makes a pretty great wallpaper option on Windows 10 Mobile - really high quality graphics. But what if you want something less random? Nothing to do with Pink Floyd's epic release, The Wall! is a new UWP app that gives you more control, as detailed below.
OK, it's great to see a new UWP game in the Store, but 'FooFoo Go! Run! Jump!' is disappointing at every level. Currently, anyway, maybe this is just a first version. From over-slow loading times and crashes to lack of in game level navigation to fiddly and frustrating ultra-monochrome gameplay, I can't recommend FooFoo Go! Run! Jump! at the moment.
There are, surprisingly, several text editors for Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile - it seems as though making tweaks to plain text files is still a thing - think webmasters and bloggers. See below for details of a new UWP text editor that works brilliantly in a dark mode for AMOLED-screened phones.
One of the industry's worst kept secrets (since the ) has been that Microsoft was working on a cross-platform cloud-based to-do list service and last night the UWP app version of 'Microsoft To-Do' appeared in the Store for public use on phones, tablets and laptops, for the first time. Some details and screenshots below...
So the new 'feature2' builds are still moving on apace for Windows 10 Mobile Fast ring Insider phones (keep up at the back!), with build 15204 now available for 'compatible devices'. And you'll have seen ?
As one user commented in the Store, 'giant robots fighting in a dystopian future - what's not to like?' Actually, quite a bit, as anyone who has suffered through any of the Transformers films (or the Avengers 'Age of Ultron') will know. But that shouldn't put you off getting your senses assaulted by Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade UWP - as long as you phone is up to the challenge.
For the super connected business professional, automation services like If This Then That and (here) Microsoft Flow are becoming popular. And now there's a first party UWP application letting you trigger a particular Cloud file copy when that other service is updated, or to notify you when someone adds you to an Asana project - that sort of thing. It's a hard application and service to describe, so see the screenshots below and then wait until a genuine use case in your own professional life presents itself?