Microsoft, the Redmond headquartered tech giant, is slowly moving towards service pack-like rolls out and the latest big November Window 10 version 1909 update is a concrete step in that direction. Apart from the monthly cumulative updates, this most popular operating system with a market size of over 50%, releases two major updates in May and November. The big November 1909 update could be considered as shift as it adopts the “seeker approach” to see updates and then install what Microsoft calls an “enablement package” to get all feature updates almost instantly.
The Windows 10 upgrade from May v1903 to November v1909 comes with some elimination and drops along with some new features. The version 1909 upgrade is more focused on “select performance improvements, enterprise features, and quality enhancements.” If you are curious about knowing what the major shift is and what features have been removed or deprecated in the November upgrade, here is the list to get a hint:
Windows 10 Version 1909 Feature Drops and Deprecations
In its Windows 10 update blog, Microsoft wrote, “Each version of Windows 10 adds new features and functionality; occasionally we also remove features and functionality, often because we’ve added a better option.”
According to the Windows 10 v1909 feature update blog, these features have been removed or “no longer being actively developed”. This means that applications or codes that depend on said features or functionalities will not function as desired. Some of them have been replaced with other features.
PNRP APIs: The Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) cloud service was removed in Windows 10, version 1809 and now corresponding APIs will be completely removed in version 1909.
Taskbar Settings Roaming: The roaming of taskbar settings has been removed in the v1909 update. It was in the non-development phase as announced in May v1903 release.
Hyper-V vSwitch on LBFO: In its Windows 10 November update Microsoft said that the Hyper-V vSwitch will now have no capability to bind to an LBFO team. Now, it can be bound via Switch Embedded Teaming (SET).
Language Community tab in Feedback Hub: The v1909 release will move the Language Community tab from the Feedback Hub.
My People: The November Window 10 update has deprecated the My People meaning it will not be developed anymore.
TFS1/TFS2 IME: The Text Service Framework 3 (TSF3) IME will replace the TSF1 and TSF2 in the future. This Windows component helps users type Korea, Chinese, and Japanese languages. Package State Roaming (PSR): If you are a non-Microsoft Window developer then the Windows 10 future updates will not have the PSR. Meaning, you won’t have access to the roaming data on devices.
The Windows 10 version 1909 is running smoothly since November 12 release and there are no reports of bug so far. The “seeker” approach based enablement package of the release takes is closer to the service-model as users have to check for updates in the Settings and download the available update. If you don’t see the v1909 updates that might be due to compatibility issues.
The deprecated features will be removed in stages, so you could see some more tweaking on security and enterprise front in the next big update Windows 10 20H1 scheduled in the first half of 2020.