Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Idol 4S coming to Europe, Microsoft Store UK out of Lumias and more

Michael Cottuli

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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.

Alcatel IDOL 4S coming to Europe

The IDOL 4S has been well received since its launch in North America, praised for its elegant design and support for virtual reality features. Any Europeans who might have been a bit jealous of the 4S can now breathe a sigh of relief, because it’s pretty much confirmed at this point that the phone is on its way there. A tweet from Alcatel Mobile France said that the 4S is on its way to France and several other European countries, although no timetable has been revealed.

UK Microsoft Store out of Lumias

If you’re trying to buy any Lumia device in the UK, you’re not going to be able to do so from the Microsoft store. All Lumia devices are currently out of stock on Microsoft’s official online store, with the only Windows Phones left available being the HP Elite X3 and the Acer Liquid Jade Primo. You can, of course, pick up Lumias through other online shops such as Amazon.

Windows Device Recovery Tool delivers a mandatory update

The Windows Device Recovery Tool, which Windows 10 Mobile users can utilize to fix problems on their handsets, has received a mandatory update. The update added support for a few more devices (Lenovo Softbank 503LV and Zebra TC700J mobile devices along with HP Elite x3 Telstra and Alcatel IDOL 4S devices.)

Skype’s SMS syncing busted by update – but it can be fixed

The latest update to the Skype UWP happened to throw a wrench into the app’s support for SMS syncing, but you can fix it by just entering in a code. Just launch Skype on your PC, go to Settings, and scroll down until you see a code. Then you just need to open Skype on your mobile device, go to settings, and enter in that code to bring back your SMS syncing.

We look back at the past year of Skype

This isn’t necessarily news for Windows 10 Mobile, but it’s certainly affected every W10M user. Earlier this week, we looked back at 2016 for Skype, and saw just what advancements they made. Skype’s work to further its Windows 10 Mobile app was a big part of their progress over the past year – including advancements like SMS syncing. If you’re interested in Skype, you should definitely take a look.