Windows 10's new Fluent Design gets a smoother, sleeker look

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Ahead of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is refining the look of key elements to its Fluent Design makeover on the desktop.

Microsoft has recently been investing and focusing more and more on applications on competing platforms, namely Android and iOS that account for approximately 99.5% of new smartphones.

Windows Phone may be dying, but that doesn't mean it's dead yet.

Microsoft today announced the availability of Insider Preview Build 16241 for PC and Build 15230 for Mobile for Insiders in the Fast ring. It's not a notably powerful phone, and that is reflected in the fact that you can grab one on a 24-month contract through Optus with no additional handset repayments on any plan. Microsoft's Windows Insider program did amazingly well for the company on the PC and phone, so it'll certainly be fascinating to see how it does on the server. In a new email being sent to users of the app, Microsoft explains it will retire the current Windows phone app at the end of August.

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The release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Build 16241 introduces a handful of new features and tweaks to previously announced enhancements to the operating system. More updates coming to this front soon.

There is a total GPU memory text counter, a Direct X version also contains the highest supported DX feature level. On the gaming side, Microsoft said it fixed issues that caused Game Bar to crash during broadcasting and prevented Xbox Live profile cards from working in-game.

The improvements include support for mixed reality motion controllers via USB; connection reliability improvements; improved headeset stability; the ability to share mixed reality captures to Facebook; speech command improvements; improved support for ASMedia and other third-party USB controllers; improved 4K 360 Video streaming, improvements for 3Glasses headset and controller and more.

Not a lot has changed on Windows 10 Mobile as the company has only provided some general changes, improvements and fixes for mobile.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had previously revealed his desire for Windows on mobile devices.

It gutted its phone business year and during Microsoft's recent Build and Inspire conferences, CEO Satya Nadella dropped the company's mantra of "mobile-first, cloud-first" in favor of "intelligent cloud".

Note: The 12th Mobile build under the Feature 2 branch was also released this week and fixed three issues in the build.



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