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Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Creators Update out April 25th, WhartonBrooks’ new phone and more

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 releasing on April 25th for Windows 10 Mobile

The Creators Update is going to be launching for Windows 10 PC’s on April 11th, but those who are running Microsoft’s mobile operating system are going to have to wait. The update will be coming to mobile users on April 25th, coming with a hefty amount of new features. It’s important to note, though, that it won’t be coming with the “3D Scanner” at launch.

WhartonBrooks opens pre-orders for its new Cerulean Moment phone

Windows Phone fans have been hungry for a new handset, and WhartonBrooks is interested in filling that hole for us. The company has announced the Cerulan Moment – a Windows Phone “for fans, by fans,: and opened up pre-orders for it as part of its crowdfunding campaign to get the thing off the ground. For those who want to support it, the device is $290.

Microsoft opens up its simplified payment API for UWP apps

After a few months in preview with Microsoft Edge, Microsoft has started to open up its simplified payments API in UWP apps. The new API is currently only available in the United States for testing, and it offers some interesting features for businesses to take advantage of. In short, the API lets transactions happen simply, letting users bypass the tedious step in shopping where they fill in all of their information. The API – if allowed – can grab all of that information from you Microsoft account for you.

Microsoft tries to get Alexa developers on board with Cortana

According to a report by VoiceBot, Microsoft has been trying to contract the help of Amazon Alexa developers to do some work on Cortana. The email sent out to these Alexa developers claims that “We’ve made it easy to reuse the code, language models and cards you’ve created for your Alexa skill — and your Cortana skill will work across platforms and devices.”  The team behind Alexa has made a pretty great product – it’ll be interesting to see what they could do with Cortana.

Zendesk shutting down on Windows 10 Mobile

If you’re a Zendesk user, you’re going to be out of luck in about a week. Come April 5th, the app for Zendesk on Windows 10 is getting the boot, and will no longer be receiving any support. Like most other apps that ditch, the Zendesk team claims that this decision comes down to the lack of users that use the platform.

Thanks for joining us. If you want all of the news as it happens, keep an eye on our Windows 10 Mobile tag.

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