Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Windows phone staying afloat, Microsoft streamlines mobile strategy

Welcome back to our weekly “Windows 10 Mobile news recap” series where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Let’s get started.

Recently, Microsoft sent out an internal memo with the intention of sending a clear message to investors: “investment in Windows phones is not at risk.” The email, along with the generally apparent strategy of the Windows 10 Mobile effort recently, signifies that Microsoft may be attempting to concentrate most of its efforts in the mobile arena on the “enterprise customers” who are using Windows 10 as a means to advance their business productivity.

If you were hoping to keep managing your money through your Windows Phone, you may need to take a few extra steps from now on in order to do so. The PayPal app for Windows 10 Mobile is going to be “sunsetting” come June 30th – in other words, it’s dropping support. While PayPal will still be available for anyone to use through Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, there will no longer be a way to use PayPal through a dedicated app if you’re using Windows 10 Mobile. While it isn’t particularly crippling to anybody’s experience, it’s depressing to see big names dropping out of the W10 M ring – let’s hope PayPal considers coming back some time in the future.

If you were worried about some of the recent “streamlining” moves of Microsoft regarding its mobile strategy, they’ve taken a moment to clarify their actions. Apparently, Microsoft is currently in the middle of a restructuring project that will be fully complete by July 2017, and is going to be affecting quite a few jobs. Microsoft says this is because “We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation — with enterprises that value security, manageability and our Continuum capability, and consumers who value the same.”

Finally, we know that the Anniversary Update release is imminent. Version 1607, the official name for the update, is now “feature locked,” meaning that development of new features has ceased and all resources are being dedicated to bug fixes and optimization from now on. With about a month left to go until the update is on our doorstep, the team behind Version 1607 is working overtime now to make sure that the Anniversary Update is going to be as close to perfect as possible when it touches down on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.

That’s about it for this week. If you want to stay up to date, you can keep your eye on our Windows 10 Mobile tag for more news as it happens.

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