This week, with the release of Windows 10 Redstone 5 Build 17763 to Fast Ring Insiders, it seems Microsoft is very close to their final build for the October 2018 Update. That update is expected to become available sometime in October and if form follows history – that will likely be the week after the October Patch Tuesday updates which happen on October 9th.
Over the last couple of newsletters, we have covered what new features and enhancements are expected in this sixth feature update for Windows 10. In addition, we talked about what we would like to see added to Windows 10 in a future update and summarized what features have been removed over the last three feature updates.
The October 2018 Update is no different than its predecessors, and so there is a documented list of features that are being deprecated from this latest update.
Note: Microsoft sifts these items into two categories.
- Removed – feature has been removed from the OS. Some of these have been replaced by other functionality while others are dropped because they are no longer actively used/supported. Some of these items may have previously been listed under the deprecated category and are finally being removed from the OS.
- Deprecated – means the feature is no longer being actively developed but will remain available in the OS. However, it might be removed in a future update. Like the removed category above, these features usually have been superseded by a new enhancement that was added to Windows 10.
Now that we have the definitions sorted out, here is a rundown of what is either being removed or deprecated in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
- Business Scanning (Distributed Scan Management (DSM))
- Why – No devices in the market that support this feature.
- FontSmoothing Setting in XML
- Why – Windows 10 now uses ClearType by default so this setting is no longer necessary.
- Hologram App
- Why – This has been replaced with the Mixed Reality Viewer. You can use Paint 3D to create 3D word art and then view it in the Mixed Reality Viewer.
- This tool, which is used to access TPM for Azure connectivity, is being released as open source.
- Phone Companion
- If you have this app installed it will be removed during your update to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. The Phone settings page in the Windows Settings app can now be used to connect your mobile phone to your Windows 10 PC.
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management Console
- The data that was available in this console is now accessible on the Device Security page in the Windows Defender Security Center.
- Windows Embedded Developer Updates for Windows Embedded Standard 8 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard
- New updates are no longer being published to the WEDU server. These can now be downloaded from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
- Companion device dynamic lock APIs
- The Companion Device Framework (CDF) APIs allowed other devices to unlock a Windows 10 PC. In Windows 10 Version 1709 (Fall Creators Update), Microsoft added Dynamic Lock to the OS as an inbox feature. This resulted in third-party partners not adopting CDF for that functionality.
- OneSync Service
- A new sync engine has been added to the Outlook app that replaces the OneSync service for synchronizing Mail, Calendar and People data for those apps. It provides the same functionality to get that data across all devices.
- Snipping Tool
- This app provides Windows 10 users the ability to grab snips from their desktop or applications on screen. The resulting screenshot can be saved to an image file plus it is temporarily stored in the clipboard and can be shared into other applications. In the October 2018 Update, it will be replaced by a new app called Snip & Sketch which has these abilities and other improvements.