The next feature update for Windows 10 is right around the corner. The October 2018 Update, or version 1809, will be released in, you guessed it, October. It contains lots of new features, such as Your Phone, which lets you send and receive texts and sync your photo gallery from your PC. Dark mode has been brought over to the File Explorer as well, a welcome change.
But as always, as the new comes, the old must go. Microsoft recently published its list of features that will be removed from the update, and those that are deprecated. Here's what's going to be removed:
|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 Phone page 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.|
And then there are three features that are being deprecated. This means that while they're still included in Windows 10, they're no longer being developed, and they may be removed in a future update.
|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.|
Most of these changes aren't surprising. Microsoft is providing an entirely new snipping experience in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, so it makes sense that Snipping Tool isn't getting any new features anymore. It's also no surprise that the Companion Device Framework isn't being developed, since there really aren't many devices that use it.