Windows 10 news recap: over 825 million active devices, WhatsApp support on Windows phones ends at the end of the year, and more

Jack Wilkinson

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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.

Windows 10 now active on over 825 million devices, stats on some of Microsoft’s apps revealed, and a “Microsoft Family” app is in the works

Internal documents have revealed the latest stats on Windows 10 usage, as well as Microsoft’s suite apps. Of particular note is the number of active devices using Windows 10, which has increased by 25 million in 2 months to 825 million active devices.

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WhatsApp will stop working on Windows phones after December 31, 2019

Windows phone users will have to wave goodbye to WhatsApp at the end of the year. With Microsoft ending support for Windows 10 Mobile at the end of the year, WhatsApp is following suit, so that it isn’t needing to support an unsupported platform.

whatsapp, windows 10 mobile

Microsoft Photos gains internet powered “Similar Search” feature thanks to Bing

The photos app in Windows 10 will let you view similar photos, powered by Bing. It’s not clear if the feature is fully available just yet, as trying to send an image to Bing opens a blank web browser window.

Microsoft Photos send image to Bing permission window

Microsoft kindles nostalgia among old power users by bringing PowerToys back for Windows 10

Rebooting a project from the Windows 95 and Windows XP days, Microsoft is bringing PowerToys to Windows 10. They allow you to tune your Windows 10 machine for extra productivity, allowing you to customise Windows 10 to individual workflow.

PowerToys for Windows 10

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