Microsoft Details Features Being Removed or Deprecated with Windows 10 October 2018 Update – List

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Sep 18, 2018
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Microsoft is ready to drop the next feature update for Windows 10 in a few weeks. The Windows 10 October 2018 Update aka Windows 10 Version 1809 brings a number of new features and improvements. However, this upcoming Windows 10 release will also remove some features. The Redmond software maker has published a list of features that will be removed from the next version of its desktop operating system.

“Each release of Windows 10 adds new features and functionality; we also occasionally remove features and functionality, usually because we’ve added a better option,” Microsoft wrote. Here are the details of all the features that are going to be removed with the release of Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

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Feature Instead you can use…
Business Scanning, also called Distributed Scan Management (DSM) We’re removing this secure scanning and scanner management capability – there are no devices that support this feature.
FontSmoothing setting in unattend.xml The FontSmoothing setting let you specify the font antialiasing strategy to use across the system. We’ve changed Windows 10 to use ClearType by default, so we’re removing this setting as it is no longer necessary. If you include this setting in the unattend.xml file, it’ll be ignored.
Hologram app We’ve replaced the Hologram app with the Mixed Reality Viewer. If you would like to create 3D word art, you can still do that in Paint 3D and view your art in VR or Hololens with the Mixed Reality Viewer.
limpet.exe We’re releasing the limpet.exe tool, used to access TPM for Azure connectivity, as open source.
Phone Companion When you update to Windows 10, version 1809, the Phone Companion app will be removed from your PC. Use the Phonepage in the Settings app to sync your mobile phone with your PC. It includes all the Phone Companion features.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) management console The information previously available in the TPM management console is now available on the Device security page in the Windows Defender Security Center.
Future updates through Windows Embedded Developer Update for Windows Embedded Standard 8 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard We’re no longer publishing new updates to the WEDU server. Instead, you may secure any new updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

Microsoft also shared the list of features that will be available with the next Windows 10 version but are no longer being developed. The three features that are being deprecated and may be removed with a future update include:

Feature Instead you can use…
Companion device dynamic lock APIS The companion device framework (CDF) APIs enable wearables and other devices to unlock a PC. In Windows 10, version 1709, we introduced Dynamic Lock, including an inbox method using Bluetooth to detect whether a user is present and lock or unlock the PC. Because of this, and because third party partners didn’t adopt the CDF method, we’re no longer developing CDF Dynamic Lock APIs.
OneSync service The OneSync service synchronizes data for the Mail, Calendar, and People apps. We’ve added a sync engine to the Outlook app that provides the same synchronization.
Snipping Tool The Snipping Tool is an application included in Windows 10 that is used to capture screenshots, either the full screen or a smaller, custom “snip” of the screen. In Windows 10, version 1809, we’re introducing a new universal app, Snip & Sketch, that provides the same screen snipping abilities, as well as additional features. You can launch Snip & Sketch directly and start a snip from there, or just press WIN + Shift + S. Snip & Sketch can also be launched from the “Screen snip” button in the Action Center. We’re no longer developing the Snipping Tool as a separate app but are instead consolidating its functionality into Snip & Sketch.

As the company finalizes the development of Windows 10 October 2018 Update, it has also started working on Windows 10 19H1, the first feature update for 2019. While we await the release of the RTM build, Microsoft is expected to make the October 2018 Update available to the public in a couple of weeks.

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