Microsoft Details Features That Have Been Removed or Deprecated with Windows 10 Version 1903

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The Windows maker has shared the list of features that it has dropped or deprecated with its latest Windows 10 May 2019 Update. Version 1903 brings a number of new features and improvements, including the highly awaited feature of delaying Windows updates. While it may offer a number of new features, the latest version is also dropping some - not as many as the previous versions did, though. "Each version of Windows 10 adds new features and functionality; occasionally we also remove features and functionality, often because we've added a better option," Microsoft writes.

The Redmond software maker notes that the list is subject to change and "might not include every affected feature or functionality." Here's the list of features that have been removed or deprecated with the release of Windows 10 version 1903.

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Features that have been removed or will be removed soon

Features Details
XDDM-based remote display driver Starting with this release the Remote Desktop Services uses a Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) based Indirect Display Driver (IDD) for a single session remote desktop. The support for Windows 2000 Display Driver Model (XDDM) based remote display drivers will be removed in a future release. Independent Software Vendors that use XDDM-based remote display driver should plan a migration to the WDDM driver model. For more information on implementing remote indirect display driver ISVs can reach out to
Desktop messaging app doesn't offer messages sync The messaging app on Desktop has a sync feature that can be used to sync SMS text messages received from Windows Mobile and keep a copy of them on the Desktop. The sync feature has been removed from all devices. Due to this change, you will only be able to access messages from the device that received the message.

Features Microsoft is no longer developing

"We're no longer actively developing these features and may remove them from a future update," the company wrote. "Some features have been replaced with other features or functionality, while others are now available from different sources."

Features Details
Taskbar settings roaming Roaming of taskbar settings is no longer being developed and we plan to disable this capability in a future release
Wi-Fi WEP and TKIP In this release a warning message will appear when connecting to Wi-Fi networks secured with WEP or TKIP, which are not as secure as those using WPA2 or WPA3. In a future release, any connection to a Wi-Fi network using these old ciphers will be disallowed. Wi-Fi routers should be updated to use AES ciphers, available with WPA2 or WPA3.
Windows To Go Windows To Go is no longer being developed.

The feature does not support feature updates and therefore does not enable you to stay current. It also requires a specific type of USB that is no longer supported by many OEMs.

Print 3D app Going forward, 3D Builder is the recommended 3D printing app. To 3D print objects on new Windows devices, customers must first install 3D Builder from the Store.

Microsoft took its sweet time before releasing version 1903, testing it through the Windows Insider rings longer than it usually does. The initially expected release in April eventually happened in May, but the wait has apparently worked in the company's favor as apart from minor bugs, we haven't seen users reporting any massive issues with the latest release. Microsoft is also going to take a while before delivering this update to everyone.

The company has advised users to wait until they receive official notification to install the update. However, the manual installation route remains open (at your own risk). You can head over here to download the ISO files and to this guide to install Windows 10 May 2019 Update on your devices.

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