Top Windows Mobile news of the week: Smart home control, why Insider builds get delayed, Lumia stuff going away

This week in Windows Mobile we heard that some legacy Lumia apps and services will be going away soon, an interesting glimpse into the Insider program was given, and a beta app for smart home control appeared.

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Microsoft ending support for some Lumia services Oct. 30

In a push for Windows 10 Mobile services and apps, Microsoft is ending support for some Lumia services on Oct. 30. In particular, Lumia Storyteller, Lumia Refocus, Photobeamer, Lumia Beamer, Lumia Panorama and Video Uploader will be phased out.

Microsoft has its own camera apps and it makes sense to get rid of similar functionality that existed in Windows Phone 8.1.

Source: ZDNet

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Windows Store crashing on some Windows 10 Mobile, then fixed

Windows 10 Mobile users experienced unexplained crashes of the Windows Store this week. Whatever was causing the issue was fixed by Microsoft. No explanation was given by the company for the outage.

Source: Windows Central

Why Windows 10 Mobile Insider builds get delayed

Those in the Insider program can't get new OS builds fast enough, and this week Microsoft's Gabe Aul explained the process and why delays happen. The process involves a lot of testing and listening to testers to determine what gets addressed and how.

It provides a good picture into the tremendous effort Microsoft is putting into getting Windows 10 Mobile right.

Source: Microsoft

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VeraMobile Beta for Windows Phone 8.1 provides smart home control

Vera makes smart home appliances, and has released VeraMobile Beta for Windows Phone 8.1. The app allows controlling devices in the company's smart home line right from the phone. These devices include lights, security cameras, and door locks.

The app is in beta so don't expect everything to function perfectly.

Source: Windows Central