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.
Creators Update compatibility list revealed
The Creators Update is coming to Windows 10 users the world over this month, and Microsoft fans are getting pretty excited about it. If you’re a Windows 10 Mobile user, however, you may end up being disappointed this month. According to Microsoft’s list of compatibility for the Creators Update, support for the Lumia 1520, 1020, 830, and 930 has dropped with the newest release of the operating system. They will still be receiving updates for the essentials, but they won’t be getting access to all of the new Creators Update goodies.
New progress bar in the Windows Store
A new quality of life improvement has been added to the Windows Store, giving us a new and improved progress bar for our downloads. Unlike the old progress bar, this one actually gives us precise download speeds. While this doesn’t affect the actual speed at which we download our apps and other such software, the added layer of information is something that users have been wanting for quite some time.
Netflix gets offline streaming for PC, Mobile users waiting
Netflix is awesome, but it’s always been a bit annoying that it only ever worked online, through streaming. The Windows 10 Netflix app now lets you download videos to watch any old time, regardless of whether or not you’re going to be connected to the internet. Strangely enough, though, Windows 10 Mobile users don’t have access to this feature yet – something that’s extremely strange, given that Windows 10 Mobile users would probably benefit the most from the change. We’ll be keeping our eyes out for updates on whether or not Windows 10 Mobile will get offline streaming soon.
Spotify put in “Maintenance mode,” not getting new updates for a while
If you’re a Spotify user, you may be out of luck going forward. While the service will continue to be supported, it’s been put into “Maintenance mode,” which means that no new features will be added in. While the Spotify team is “constantly evaluating” their options going forward, they’ve stopped just short of deprecating the app. While we can count our blessings that Spotify will stay supported, it’s disappointing that no new features will be gracing us in the near future.
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