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.
Microsoft came out with yet another new Insider build, continuing along the path to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update in just a few weeks. The latest build, much like all of the recent builds, focused primarily on tweaking things and squashing bugs. Build 14371 was fairly uneventful apart from all of its bug fixes, but it never fails to excite when Windows Insider boss Dona Sarkar presses the big red button.
Are you still waiting for Snapchat on Windows 10 Mobile? You’re not the only one. Another new petition on Change.org is asking Snapchat to add support for Windows 10 Mobile, and it’s racked up close to 700 signatures. This doesn’t hold much of a candle to the previous petition, which got more than 43 thousand signatures, but it reminds us all that there’s still a demand for Snapchat on Windows 10 Mobile. Third party apps aren’t worth the risk of getting your account banned – an official app needs to come, and soon.
Wallet 2.0 has been on the horizon for a while, and it’s finally making its way to the phones of Fast Ring Insiders – along with NFC Tap To Pay. Assuming you’re a Fast Ring Insider, live in the US, and have a Windows 10 Mobile device that’s compatible, you can go ahead and grab Wallet 2.0 right now. If you haven’t been paying attention to the progress of Wallet 2.0, you can go ahead and check out the video explaining NFC Tap To Pay right here.
Keeping in line with the theme of regularly releasing bug smashing builds, Windows Insider boss Dona Sarkar pressed the big red button a second time this week to unleash Build 14372 upon us. Nothing new here, still just an exercise in tweaking and refining. Each new build is bringing us closer and closer to the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update, and 14372 is just another step forward to the big release.
Here’s a little bit of good news for people who’ve been losing faith in the future of Windows 10 Mobile. Corporate Vice President of Windows, Kevin Gallo, answered a few questions regarding Windows Phone. When asked to give an update how things are going in “Windows Phone land,” Gallo responded by saying that “Windows Phone is fully supported. We’re fully behind it. We’re not abandoning the phone.” While this is the standard response for Microsoft executives that are being grilled about Windows Phone, it’s still enough to put a twinkle in the eyes of people who feel like they’re stuck with their Lumia 950 or other Windows 10 Mobile Device. We’ll see if any more substantive comments are made going forward, but the fact that anything is being said at all is a small relief.
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.Further reading: Microsoft, SnapChat, Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone