Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update rolls out (finally)

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update rolls out (finally)
Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update started rolling out last month, but not for all. Microsoft was pushing it to very limited devices and now finally, the larger Windows 10 users have started receiving it. The Windows 10 Creators Update is available only for limited devices and only a handful of Lumias made it to the list. 

In case you are looking for the devices which can receive Creators Updates, here's the list: 

  • Lumia 550
  • Lumia 640 / Lumia 640 XL
  • Lumia 650
  • Lumia 950 / Lumia 950 XL
  • HP Elite X3
  • Alcatel IDOL 4S
  • Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
  • SoftBank 503LV
  • VAIO Phone Biz
  • Trinity NuAns NEO

The unlocked version of these Phones can be upgraded anytime, however the locked ones need to wait till their carrier providers starts pushing it. 

There was an excitement among the Windows fans about the Creators Update, however most of the Windows 10 Mobile devices missing out from the list is the sad part. Microsoft has sidelined many Lumias from Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, and in subsequent upgrades it is lowering down the smartphone models that can take the latest build. 

I have got a Lumia 650 and received the upgrade only last night. Have you got yours? Let us know in the comments. 

WhatsApp for Windows Phone updated

WhatsApp for Windows 10 Mobile received an update 2 days ago which introduced new design and other exciting features. WhatsApp version v2.17.52 has been rolled out which increases the media sharing limit to 30 from 10. Also, the update brings a new home screen design that looks pretty, going by the Pivot style introduced from Microsoft in apps like Photos and People. 

The update is available for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Phone 8.1. The media limit increase has already been introduced to iOS users and is still in beta state for Android platform. WhatsApp may also see an update bringing changes to status with a new design and notifying every time a user changes his status. 

With most apps being dropped off from Windows Store, its good to see WhatsApp receiving the timely updates, and like in this case even before Android users. 

Anniversary Update begins for Windows 10 Mobile, Update : It's not anniversary update.

Update : It's not anniversary update.

Despite clicking on the Details in the update screen and landing on the page that says anniversary update, it's not the anniversary update.

A report from and from Microsoft says it just a cumulative update fixing some bugs. Anniversary updates is yet to be rolled out.

We will be announcing the updates as soon as it rolls out the Windows Phone users. Sorry for the confusion!

In another report, Dona Sarkar, said about the Windows 10 Mobile update:

Right now, the team is laser-focused on preparing to release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to Mobile devices and we think we’re almost ready. You can help us out by making sure you are running Build 14393.67 (KB3176931) on your phone and sending in feedback on any issues you run into via the Feedback Hub. Our team is determined to make sure we release a high quality build to our customers and your feedback really makes a difference.

So, I guess you may have to wait some more days before the update is rolled out.

The wait is not longer this time. I just checked and found the Windows 10 Mobile anniversary update available for my Lumia 650 in India. Microsoft has rolled out the update for PCs on August 02, and despite giving a confirmation for August 09 for Mobile users, the updates were not rolled out. 

But, finally the Windows 10 Mobile anniversary update has been rolled out to Windows 10 Mobile users. To be specific, I own a Lumia 650 and resides in India. The updates will be rolled out in phases so depending upon your handset and region, you will be getting it sooner if you can't find it today. 

Thanks Microsoft, for not making it a mess!

The Anniversary Update has been said to be a complete update having new features and various bug fixes. Given the instability of Windows 10 Mobile, it was necessary. If you want to look to the new features and updates the Anniversary Update provides, read these articles: 

When I found the updates downloading, I checked with What's new in the update to make sure if its anniversary update only, and got this screen from Microsoft which confirms it is indeed the much awaited update. 

I will be covering the new features and other aspects of the updates in coming articles. You can update your phone by heading to Settings > Update & Security > Phone update > Check for updates.

Have you already updated? How's it working for you, tell us in the comments. 

No Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary update today!

The anniversary update has been rolling out as Microsoft has earlier promised from August 02, but the Windows Phone users has to wait this time too. The update didn't begin for Windows Phone and those who were waiting for the build 14393 with many bug fixes and new features may have to wait for some more days. 

There is no official confirmation as to when the updates will be rolled out and is expected to begin in "coming weeks". Though Microsoft is all about the desktop now with less than 1% mobile market share, a timely update would have made the users happier. 

With a Lumia 950 in my hand, I am waiting eagerly to see more active live tiles and better Edge experience. 

In case you don't know what the anniversary updates brings to you, here's the complete list of changes.  

What's new in Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary update - Part 2

You can read the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary update - part 1 here.

Microsoft Edge

  • Edge has been updated from version 25.10586 to 38.14393
    • You can now swipe to go back and forward
    • The X-button to close tabs is now larger
    • Word Flow now works in the Edge address bar
    • The InPrivate browsing icon is now placed next to the "New tab" button in the tab overview
    • You can now require a prompt to pop up before a download starts
    • Edge now shows a "Go forward" item in the ellipses menu
    • When an app opens a new tab, pressing back will now close it
    • When typing in a text box, you can now use the pase button above the keyboard
    • Download notificaions in Edge now include filenames, download status and site domain on separate lines
  • EdgeHTML has been updated from version 13.10586 to 14.14393
  • Default parameters
    • Async/await
    • Object.values and Object.entries
    • Opus audio format
    • Time element
    • Date element
    • Output element
    • Color input type
    • Canvas Path2D objects
    • Web Speech API
    • Improved accessibility features
    • Support for Beacon
    • Web Notification API
    • Beacon API
    • Fetch API
    • The User Agent String has been updated
  • The following flags have been added
    • Foundational work for Web Notifications has been implemented (but not functional)
    • You can now set a flag for "Compose scrollbar thumbs independently"
    • You can now set a flag for DirectX settings "Use Windows.UI.Composition"
    • A flag for WebRTC 1.0 is available but not functional and will be removed in a later version
    • You can now set a flag to enable VP9 support
    • ES6 Regex symbols
    • Web Payments
    • TCP Fast Open is disabled by default but can be enabled
    • A flag has been added to enable Standard Fullscreen API


  • New panels, settings and options
  • You can now choose which app's notifications are more important to you
  • You can now choose how many notifications an app can have in the Action Center
  • You can now manage on a per-app base if an app can run in the background or not, or if this has to be hanled by Windows
  • Windows Update now allows you to set the time you're most active in so that it can avoid updating at that point
  • You can now manage the order of Quick Actions in the Action Center for all slots
  • You can now change the charge threshold before Battery Saver is enabled
  • It is now possible to hide Quick Actions you don't use
  • The is now a toggle for the VPN Quick Action button
  • You can now override Active Hours with the Restart Options
  • The Windows Update notification after installing an update now takes you to the device's update history
  • Navigation Bar settings now have their own page
  • You can now opt to use 3G only
  • Dual-SIM devices now support Visual Voicemail
  • You can now manage your Insider settings from the Settings app
  • You can now set how long it takes before Windows Hello requires you to sign in again
  • Apps for websites has been added under System
  • Sharing a network with your contacts in Wi-Fi Sense is no longer possible
  • "Always show Glance screen when charging" is now the default behavior for Glance screen
  • The Mobile Hotstpot page now gives clearer errors when setting up a hotspot fails due to the lack of a SIM being connected
  • The refresh rate for Wi-Fi data usage is now faster
  • Active hours can now be set to a range of up to 12 hours instead of 10
  • As of build 14361, your DPI settings will be backed up in the cloud and restored after your device is refreshed
  • Kids Corner is no longer available
  • Visual updates and others
  • Adjust brightness automatically is now enabled by default
  • Every page in Settings now has its own icon
  • Glance has been moved from Extras to Personalization
  • Improved performance when opening Settings > Update & security > For developers
  • The background of the category overview and sub-category overview is now black instead of dark grey
  • A selected sub-category now has a Groove-like select state
  • The title of pages is now displayed larger
  • The icons under Update & Security have been updated to be more reflective of their meaning
  • Improved performance for loading the app list under Storage settings


  • Continuum now supports USB Ethernet
  • The Bluetooth AVRCP profile has been updated to version 1.5
  • Windows now has a one-handed Japanese kana keyboard
  • You can now run up to 16 apps in the background
  • Improved performance when retrieving updated GPS coordinates while you're driving
  • Improves app launch reliability
  • Improved logic for refreshing the Live tiles on the start screen
  • Improved reliability for keyboards with large dictionaries
  • The thumbnail logic has been altered to only create a small thumbnail after making a photo, and making the larger thumbnail when required to save storage
  • During the final preparations, Windows will only go through 8 to 10 migration steps
  • The Word Flow keyboard has an improved recognition of longer words
  • You can now abort an autocorrection by tapping on the bolded word
  • The call in-progress banner is now shown above notifications so you no longer need to dismiss that notification to end the call
  • The emoji set has been completely revamped
  • The default emoji’s are no longer grey, but yellow
  • The text prediction engine has bene improved to show candidates based on the current keyboard language, instead of the language that was used when the word was written
  • 5-inch devices like the Lumia 640 and 830 can now also use the one-handed keyboard
  • Improve reliability of Bluetooth in cars
  • The back-up format is changed, causing back-ups to take less from your OneDrive space, however, back-ups are incompatible with older versions of Windows 10 Mobile
  • Improved battery performance for people that often turn the screen on and off again to look at the lock screen


  • You can now swipe a conversation to delete it in Messaging
  • The phone app now show an indicator for missed calls and voicemails
  • You can now cycle through pages in the phone app infinitely
  • Option to use the Camera app to take a photo and send it with Skype
  • The alarm will now go louder faster when using your music
  • FM Radio is no longer installed as a default app
  • Improved reliability for navigating between camera roll and the Camera app
  • The Insider Hub and Windows Feedback apps have been merged to Feedback Hub
  • You can now react on feedback in the Feedback Hub
  • The Feedback Hub now suggest a category when you've typed in your feedback
  • The "Alerts" page in the Feedback Hub has been removed

Sources: ChangeWindows.Org.

What's new in Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary update

The wait for Windows 10 Mobile anniversary update is almost over. Though, the updates are still not rolled out, has compiled a fantastic list of the popular changes you will see when you update your phone to Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update.

Start and Action Center

  • Live tiles now update all at once on the startscreen instead of one-by-one if there are updates for their content
  • Live tiles now can update badges and content at the same time
  • Apps will now launch faster if there are incoming live tile
  • The app icon is no longer repeated in the Action Center, instead, it is shown only in the header
  • The All apps list now also follows the "Make Text Larger" option
  • The header for each app is now smaller to make more room for notifications
  • Notifications can now have hero images
  • Notifications in both banners and Action Center now follow the "Text Scaling" setting
  • You can now hold notifications to turn them off for the app or go to the notification settings
  • The size of notification icons has been decreased from 64x64 to 48x48
  • App names on Live tiles now follow the Ease of Access Text Scaling setting
  • The default wallpaper for a new device has been changed
  • When you dismiss multiple notifications at once, the background will no longer fade to black between them
  • If a Quick Action turns a certain functionality in your device on or off (Bluetooth, Flashlight, etc.) it will now show On/Off for a short period

Cortana and search

  • Cortana is now available in Spanish (Mexico), Portuguese (Brazil) and French (Canada)
  • Cortana will now show a button on the top to search for music
  • Cortana can now provide turn-by-turn directions with the new Maps app
  • Cortana can now sync across devices
  • You'll now get a notification whenever your mobile device is running out of battery
  • Find my phone/Ring my phone is now available through Cortana
  • You can now share map directions between your devices
  • Cortana can now show new notifications in the Action Center
  • Cortana can now automatically fetch the required speech language for you
  • Cortana can now give reminder suggestions
  • You can now change Cortana's language
  • Cortana's Settings have been moved outside the Notebook
  • You can now create reminders with photos or shared info from apps
  • Improved share UI for reminders
  • Cortana can now search in your Office 365 account
  • You can now send a picture from your phone to your PC through Cortana
  • Notifications on your phone will now be synced to your PC with Cortana
  • Cortanas listening animation has been updated
  • Cortana should now listen more reliably after tapping the mic button
  • Cortana's home UI no longer shows your cards but hints and a button to show the cards

User Interface

  • The back-button on the lock screen has been replaced with a camera button
  • The lock screen now shows media controls directly on the UI
  • The Bing logo on the Bing lock screen has been updated, appears smaller and no longer has the text "Bing"
  • The data migration process now uses a larger font
  • The "Goodbye" message will now stay visible until the device has been shut down completely
  • Glance screen now follows the Ease of Access scaling settings

Unsupported handsets won't get Windows 10 Mobile anymore

If your handset was excluded from the official upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile from Windows Phone 8.1, and you were still running Windows 10 Mobile through Windows Insider program, you can't do it anymore. Microsoft has ended the Insider program to unsupported devices and if you are running an Insider preview, the only option left to you is to rollback to Windows 8.1 (or buy a new handset running Windows 10 Mobile).

Windows 10 Mobile

This news comes just before the Anniversary update and many of the Windows users are frustrated seeing the Insider builds running fine on there unsupported device. 

Earlier, when Microsoft decided to exclude a number of Lumia from the official Windows 10 upgrade (Lumia 1020, say), the users were frustrated. But the Windows Insider still gave them a way to run the latest build on their phone. Though it came on the cost of some bugs, it was still okay to those who were willing to run the Windows 10 Mobile. 

But the new update about the discontinuous of Insider program for unsupported devices lands those users in a position whether they can either switch back to Windows Phone 8.1 or buy a new handset al together (though I don't see much of options in the handset segment). 

Yes, you can still continue to be on the build you are on, for Windows 10 but that comes on the cost of not receiving any more builds and unavailability of updates of apps and services to these devices. 

You can always rollback to Windows Phone 8.1 from Windows 10 Mobile insider preview.