Windows 10 V1803: Removed features, planned replacements

[German]Since Microsoft released Windows 10 April Update (Version 1803), some features has been removed. Other features has been planned for future replacements.


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Microsoft has published the article Features removed or planned for replacement starting with Windows 10, version 1803. Microsoft says:

Each release of Windows 10 adds new features and functionality; we also occasionally remove features and functionality, usually because we’ve added a better option. Here are the details about the features and functionalities that we removed in Windows 10, version 1803 (also called Windows 10 April 2018 Update).

Features removed in Windows 10 V1803

Here are the removed features: 

  • Groove Music Pass: Microsoft ended the Groove streaming music service and music track sales through the Microsoft Store in 2017. The Groove app is being updated to reflect this change. You can still use Groove Music to play the music on your PC or to stream music from OneDrive. You can use Spotify or other music services to stream music on Windows 10, or to buy music to own.
  • People-App: People – Suggestions will no longer include unsaved contacts for non-Microsoft accounts. Manually save the contact details for people you send mail to or get mail.
  • Language control in the Control Panel: Use the Settings app to change your language settings.
  • HomeGroup: Microsoft has removed the HomeGroup but not your ability to share printers, files, and folders.
  • Connect to suggested open hotspots option in Wi-Fi settings: Microsoft previously disabled the Connect to suggested open hotspots option and are now removing it from the Wi-Fi settings page. You can manually connect to free wireless hotspots with Network & Internet settings, from the taskbar or Control Panel, or by using Wi-Fi Settings (for mobile devices).
  • Conversations in the People app when you’re offline or if you’re using a non-Office 365 mail account. In Windows 10, the People app shows mail from Office 365 contacts and contacts from your school or work organization under Conversations. After you update to Windows 10, version 1803, in order to see new mail in the People app from these specific contacts, you need to be online, and you need to have signed in with either an Office 365 account or, for work or school organization accounts, through the Mail, People, or Calendar apps. Please be aware that you’ll only see mail for work and school organization accounts and some Office 365 accounts.
  • XPS Viewer: Microsoft is changing the way you get XPS Viewer. In Windows 10, version 1709 and earlier versions, the app is included in the installation image. If you have XPS Viewer and you update to Windows 10, version 1803, there’s no action required. You’ll still have XPS Viewer. If you install Windows 10, version 1803, on a new device (or as a clean installation), you may need to install XPS Viewer from Apps and Features in the Settings app or through Features on Demand. If you had XPS Viewer in Windows 10, version 1709, but manually removed it before updating, you’ll need to manually reinstall it.

The list doesn’t contain really explosive information – only the dropped homegroup will hurt some users. The Microsoft document Features removed or planned for replacement starting with Windows 10, version 1803 contains also a list of features, which will no more developed in future.


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