Windows 10 news recap: Microsoft Wallet on Windows Phone to be discontinued, first Windows 10 “19H2” build found, and more

Welcome back to our Windows 10 news recap, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

Microsoft Wallet Windows Phone app to be discontinued on February 28

Microsoft’s thinly-veiled attempt at contactless phone payments and loyalty card management on Windows Phone didn’t seem to work out too well. With slow and low uptake, mixed with a lengthy time-delay against its competitors on iOS and Android, it appears Microsoft is giving in, as it is set to axe the Microsoft Wallet app on Windows Phone on February 28.

First build for Windows 10 “19H2” Fall 2019 release spotted via leaked build numbers

A build number for what looks to be the first for the next major Windows 10 update, Fall 2019, has been leaked, 18823.1000.

Microsoft releases new patch for Windows 10 version 1809

A new patch for Windows 10 version 1809 is now available. It brings a number of bug fixes for the operating system. Below are the bug fixes included:

  • Addresses an issue that may cause Microsoft Edge to stop working with certain display drivers.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause third-party applications to have difficulty authenticating hotspots.
  • Addresses an issue that causes promotions of non-root domains to fail with the error, “The replication operation encountered a database error.” The issue occurs in Active Directory forests in which optional features like Active Directory recycle have been enabled.
  • Addresses an issue related to the date format for the Japanese era calendar. For more information, see KB4469068.
  • Addresses a compatibility issue with AMD R600 and R700 display chipsets.
  • Addresses an audio compatibility issue when playing newer games with 3D Spatial Audio mode enabled through multichannel audio devices or Windows Sonic for Headphones.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause audio playback to stop responding when playing Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) audio content after using a Seek operation such as rewind.
  • Addresses an issue that allows users to uninstall apps from the Start menu when the “Prevent users from uninstalling applications from Start menu” group policy is set.
  • Addresses an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working when you click the Turn On button for the timeline feature. This issue occurs when the “Allow upload of user activities” group policy is disabled.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents users from installing a Local Experience Pack from the Microsoft Store when that language is already set as the active Windows display language.
  • Addresses an issue that causes some symbols to appear in a square box on a text control.
  • Addresses an issue with two-way audio that occurs during phone calls for some Bluetooth headsets.
  • Addresses an issue that may turn off TCP Fast Open by default on some systems.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause applications to lose IPv4 connectivity when IPv6 is unbound.
  • Addresses an issue on Windows Server 2019 that may break connectivity on guest virtual machines (VMs) when applications inject the low-resource flag on packets.
  • Addresses an issue that occurs if you create a page file on a drive with FILE_PORTABLE_DEVICE characteristics. The “Windows created a temporary warning” message appears.
  • Addresses an issue that causes Remote Desktop Services to stop accepting connections after accepting several connections.
  • Addresses an issue in Windows Server 2019 that causes a Hyper-V VM to remain at the bootloader screen for OS selection when restarting the machine. This issue occurs when Virtual Machine Connection (VMConnect) is attached.
  • Addresses an issue with rendering of end-user-defined characters (EUDC) in Microsoft Edge.
  • Updates the Ltotape.sys driver to add native support for Linear Tape-Open 8 (LTO-8) tape drives.

Windows Media Player set to lose a feature on Windows 7

Effective immediately, Windows Media Player and Windows Media Centre are to lose the ability to show metadata for items such as music, TV shows and movies. Metadata already downloaded will still show, but any new metadata, such as directors, cover art, actors, and more, will no longer display on Windows 7.

That’s it for this week – we’ll be back next week with more Windows 10 news!

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