Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is in theory still supported until 11th June 2019, but according to AllAboutWindowsPhone there is very little evidence that this is the case, as each new update brings more issues to phones still running the platform.
They report the latest update to the Store app on Windows 10 Mobile shows such a large number of cosmetic and functional issue that it is clear that “precisely no one at Microsoft bothered to even check the new Store version on a single Windows 10 Mobile device.”
They report issues such as half the hamburger menu button being hidden under the status bar, controls overlapping other controls and some controls having the same colour as their background, rendering them invisible.
On the left, the (already broken a bit) Store before yesterday’s update. On the right, the hamburger menu and search/download controls are now shifted up into the status bar, meaning that only half their area can be tapped, which is a usability disaster. It’s clear that precisely no one at Microsoft bothered to even check the new Store version on a single Windows 10 Mobile device. Sigh.
Two more examples of it all going pear-shaped for the Store UWP client under Windows 10 Mobile. On the left, note that the pop-up is missing two complete words, ‘Install on’. On the right, the entry for every application or game is now broken up into four tabs: Overview, System Requirements, Reviews, Related. Which is fair enough, but you can’t see more than one and a half of these tab titles at once and you can’t swipe over – you have to hit the little arrows in the circles. Which you can’t see anymore because this update broke the cosmetics such that it’s white on white.
While Microsoft may feel no obligation to the remaining Windows 10 Mobile users, it is clear they are shirking their responsibility to an operating system they are in theory still supporting, and for which new handsets are still being sold, primarily to their base of enterprise customers.
Still – you’d have thought that with a near-trillion dollar market cap and 131,000 employees across the world, that one person, even an intern or trainee, could have been tasked with trying out new Store client updates on an actual Windows phone? Just one?
Read more detail and see more screenshots at AAWP here.