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.
Lumia Highlights discontinues service
Even more writing on the wall has appeared for the Lumia brand as the Lumia Highlights app ceases the production of new content. The app, which was designed to help inform Lumia owners about tips, tricks, and offers, announced this week that it would no longer publish any articles. While it doesn’t seem like many people were necessarily big fans of the app to begin with, the shutting down of this app is just another in a series of blows against the Lumia brand.
Lumia customer support handed to third party
If you’re looking for some comforting news regarding Lumia, you’re going to be disappointed. Despite frequent commitments to the upkeep of the Lumia brand, Microsoft has effectively handed down all of its Lumia customer support services to B2X, a German company. While B2X is a Microsoft Authorized Customer Service Provider, this is a big step down from the direct line to Microsoft that Lumia owners had before.
Lenovo won’t make W10M devices, doubts Microsoft’s commitment to the platform
Lenovo has been a reliable hardware manufacturer for Microsoft in the past – there’s no question of that. The company has made tons of laptops made with Windows 10 in mind, many of which do considerably well. As a result, many people might think that Lenovo has a Windows 10 Mobile device in the works – but that just isn’t true. According to Lenovo’s COO, there isn’t a need to introduce a Windows Phone. In fact, he is “not convinced Microsoft is supporting the phone for the future.”
Leaked screenshots tease new features coming soon
It’s been a rough week for Windows 10 Mobile fans, so the powers that be decided to throw us a bone. New screenshots released by Italian website Aggiornamenti Lumia have shown off some new features that could very well be coming to Insiders as soon as next week. We obviously don’t have any kind of patch notes yet, but you can check out the screenshots right here to get an idea of what’s coming.
HP Elite x3 now being sold at Microsoft stores
While Lumia may be a sinking ship, the HP Elite x3 is still a decent bet for people who want to get themselves a reliable Windows 10 Mobile device. If you’re the sort of person who doesn’t want to shop online, your opportunity to get one in person is finally here. Starting just recently, the phone is being sold retail at Microsoft stores. While it isn’t everywhere just yet, it’s worth giving a call to your local store and seeing if they have the phone in stock.
Here’s the build that came out this week
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