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Windows Phone 8.1 officially died on 11th July but the company is still supporting Windows 10 Mobile operating system. Windows 10 Mobile lacks many key features like landscape start screen, full-featured action center, apps and the list goes on. It is not only about the features but even the performance of Windows 10-powered phone is not as good as it was with Windows Phone 8.1.

Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar who is the head of Windows Insider program confirmed that new features are coming to mobiles. She clearly stated the devices that are mobile will receive new features. “We continue to invest in it, you see new builds every week, it depends on what you mean by a feature,” she stated.


“We’re planning a lot of features that will go on devices that are mobile. There are devices that are mobile, devices that you carry with you everywhere, we’re planning lots and lots of features and functionalities for those kinds of devices.” – Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar.

However, there is no mention of Windows 10 Mobile in the statement. We should not forget those Surface Laptops, tablets could also be the devices that are mobile. Although, it could be possible that Dona is referring Windows 10 Mobile in her statement. As the recent leaks also confirmed that Windows 10 Mobile is set to receive a major update.

Microsoft has been working on some major upgrades for Windows Phones with the introduction of CShell on the phone. The CShell will bring similar UI across the Windows Ecosystem for the existing Windows 10 shell components of windows like the start screen, action center etc. Composable Shell (CShell) is basically an ‘adaptive shell’ that scale Windows 10 to any form depending on the screen size of the device.

What features would you like to see on your Windows Phone?

  • I bought a Windows 10 Lumia 640 phone which I tested for one day – it was refurbished, sold as a new one, and I returned it. After some fights, I got my money back.

    But even if the battery weren’t aged etc., there were things that I prefer about WP 8.1 on my Lumia 520. The background in tiles is better in WP 8.1 – black in between the tiles, the background image inside each tile. Also, I prefer the clear 2-color system how the mails are shown in the mail application, and a few other things.

    I would often like some more detailed options. For example, brightness and the time after which the display turns off could be separately set for situations when the phone is charging and when it’s not. A detail but it could be a useful one. I’ve had dozens of much more important and nontrivial features to be added but can’t recall them now.

  • Scott M

    I was quite happy with yesterday’s update for windows phone. One of the things I discovered is that suddenly Outlook Mail was working in continuum again (before the outlook mail update installed last night), so it appears the defect was in continuum and not in outlook. And continuum in general seemed much more stable last night. I need to do more testing today with it.

    • Scott M

      well I made a discovery this morning. Plugged my 950 into a monitor via hdmi and outlook would no longer launch again in continuum. More experimentation, and I discovered that the monitor was set to 125% display scaling. I changed it down to 100%, and outlook launched fine. Seems to be an outlook or continuum bug with display scaling.

  • sniperboy

    Would you guys just fix the camera app? On my 640 running Windows 10 mobile the camera keeps crashing after one photo. It also creates the photos as thumbnail images. The camera now is almost unusable.

    • M Rankin

      are you on fast ring fine on 15063. on my 640

  • M Rankin

    mean laptops/windows 10 on arm

  • Besnik Rrustemi

    i assume they are doing under the hood changes with these mobile builds and fixing only the last known bugs – doing the changes for CShell and other features preparation so then after a few more builds switch to builds 16xxx and start bringing new features and the CShell