Microsoft should deliver the update shortly. It would be a matter of days, even hours. It introduces support for pre-integrated SIM cards, as well as a timeline.
Launched in July 2015, Windows 10 has passed the 600 million active devices milestone according to the latest Microsoft data released in early December (this figure was 500 million last May). A volume that includes Windows 10 tablet or PC type terminals, but also Xbox One consoles – which now also run under Microsoft’s operating system. According to the latest Netmarketshare figures, Windows 10 is installed on nearly 34% of desktop computers worldwide.
Windows 10 Spring Creators Update (Redstone 4)
Windows 10 and Office 365 updates are now compatible. They each take place twice a year, around March and September. In the wake of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released in early October, the next Windows 10 upgrade (the Spring Creators Update) should, therefore, be launched by the end of the month. Microsoft has already announced what should be its primary innovations:
eSIM. Redstone 4 will support pre-integrated SIM cards. Objective: to avoid users of 4G laptops having to go through the shop box to activate their telecom subscription. To implement their connection, it will be enough for them to associate their cloud profile with their package. Microsoft calls this new service Always Connected. On the professional target side, the group announces an “Enterprise eSIM” offer that will make it possible to manage entire PC fleets equipped with eSIM.
Timeline. This function will return to a previous state of Windows, and thus find applications, files or websites previously opened.
Near Share. This device will provide the ability to exchange files between terminals via the Bluetooth wireless communication network protocol.
App. Data Viewer Diagnostics This new application allows you to view all the telemetry data that the OS communicates to Microsoft. The editor collects this information and then used to optimize the performance of the operating system (read the details on the Windows blog). A button has been added in parallel in the configuration application to allow them to be deleted.
Soon Windows 10 laptops optimized for an ARM.
It’s not over yet. As part of Redstone 4, Microsoft is working on a new Windows 10 configuration option, called Windows 10 S Mode. It will be offered for the main OS editions: Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Enterprise. Mode S improves the overall performance of the system (particularly regarding power consumption and range) but will prevent the installation of applications other than those available on the Microsoft Store. It can be activated or not (at your choice) as soon as the Spring Creators Update is available.
In parallel, Microsoft will again offer a Windows 10 edition optimized for ARM terminals. The version in question (which will also be introduced with Redstone 4) will also be able to run old applications (optimized for x86 processors) through an emulation process. Several Windows 10 2-in-1 ARMs were previewed, all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (Asus NovaGo, HP Envy x2 and Lenovo Miix 630). Microsoft has detailed the list of limitations that will apply to these terminals. The main one: 64-bit x86 applications will not be supported, the only 32-bit x86 software will be supported.