Windows 10 V1809: Removed and deprecated features

[German]In Windows 10 V1809 (October 2018 update) expected in October 2018, some features will be removed. Other features, however, has been declared as deprecated and will eventually disappear in future.


Microsoft already published the article Features removed or planned for replacement starting with Windows 10, version 1809 with information at the end of August 2018. 

Features removed

Here are the features removed in Windows 10 Version 1809n.

  • Business Scanning (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.

In addition, Microsoft discontinues providing future updates via Windows Embedded Developer Update for Windows Embedded Standard 8 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard. Microsoft writes: We’re no longer publishing new updates to the WEDU server. New updates are made available for download via Microsoft Update Catalog.

Features declared as deprecated

In addition to the remote features, active development has been discontinued for some functions, i.e. the functions are deprecated.

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.

Not listed is the disk management, which has also been declared deprecated (see Windows 10: Disk Cleanup is declared as deprecated). Below you will find some links to other Microsoft articles.


Windows 10 V1803 Features removed or deprecated
Windows 10 V1709 Features removed or deprecated
Windows 10 V1703 Features removed or deprecated

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