Windows Insider Fast Ring Build 16291 and surprise build for mobile?

Dona Sarkar and the Windows Insider dev team dropped Build 16921 for PC today but stated that no mobile build would be released.

Resume from PC to phone using Cortana is listed as a feature at the Windows Insider blog along with the following:

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Windows Insider Build 16251 Released for PC and 15235 for Mobile

Dona Sarkar tweeted that builds 16251 and 15235 have been released for Windows Insiders on the fast ring in the preview program. Some items of interest include:

Build 16251 for PC

  • Link Your Phone and PC – (According to the blog notes this feature will enable cross device web-browsing and will be currently available for Android with iPhone coming shortly)
  • Web Search Results in Cortana without opening web browser
  • Cortana Voice Commands to lock, sign-out, shutdown, or turn off your PC (Finally!)
  • Improved Boot Up Experience
  • A list of input improvements dealing with the touch keyboard, scrolling, pen, etc.
  • Additional Edge and Gaming improvements as well

Build 15235 for Mobile

  • Continuum improvements for displaying in portrait mode
  • A small list of bug fixes

I am currently downloading the desktop build on a Lenovo Edge 1580 and an Asus Desktop. Looking forward to trying out the Cortana feature but the phone link feature targeted towards Android and iPhone and the current state of the Windows mobile build is another clear message from Microsoft that the phone ecosystem is either dead already or dying.

See more about the latest builds here.

Lumia 950XL Review–Almost Great

First Impressions: Great display, impressive camera, responsive.

During the recent promotion where Microsoft offered a free Lumia 950 with the purchase of a 950xl I had debated buying the Lumia until the last day of the promo and found myself driving an hour away to the nearest Microsoft Store in Delaware to see the 950xl up close to help me determine if I should make the plunge and upgrade.

I spent about 10 minutes in store comparing the 950xl to my existing 640 and it was an easy enough choice that the cost of the upgrade with the free 950 was worth taking a chance on.  I considered the rumored Surface phone is still close to a year away and I hadn’t had anything close to a premium phone since the Nokia 920 years ago so made the purchase.

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Lumia 640 Windows Mobile Insider Build 14291 SD Card Issues, Reboots, etc.

Last week Microsoft pushed out the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Build 14291.   I had been using the preview builds on a Lumia 640 I picked up last fall to use as my daily driver.  Overall the quality was fairly good but there were some issues with apps not working (such as the call block feature on my phone) as well as the Insider Hub oddly enough never being able to launch.

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