Nothing Major Was Removed or Deprecated in Windows 10 Version 1909

Posted on November 13, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Uncategorized with 24 Comments

With the release of Windows 10 version 1909 this week, Microsoft has documented the features it’s removed and deprecated.

“[While] 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,” Microsoft notes in its creatively named support document, Windows 10 features we’re no longer developing.

Only two features have been removed from Windows 10 in version 1909: Taskbar settings roaming, which was deprecated in version 1903, and Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) APIs; the PNRP cloud service was previously removed in version 1809.

But many more features were deprecated, meaning that they will likely be removed in a future Windows 10 version. These include My People/People in the Shell, Hyper-V vSwitch on LBFO, the Language Community tab in Feedback Hub, Text Services Framework (TFS) 1 and 2 IME (which will be replaced by TSF3 IME in a future release), and Package State Roaming (PSR).

Previous versions were a bit more brutal. For example, Windows To Go was deprecated in 1903 and will never be updated.

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Comments (24)

24 responses to “Nothing Major Was Removed or Deprecated in Windows 10 Version 1909”

  1. mmurfin87

    My People is deprecated? That was fast. I always liked that feature.

  2. snowdragon

    Why can’t Microsoft keep Win7 legacy for people that can’t leave it due to hardware. But bring out Win11 with no legacy but pure 64-bit drivers with no backward compatibility???

    • awright18

      In reply to snowdragon: Make no mistake backward compatibility is primarily for businesses. They have ancient code in Windows to run ancient code that keeps businesses alive. It will never go away. They'd have to make a completely separate operating system to do what you are suggesting, and maybe they already have...


  3. zhackwyatt

    If they'd only remove that stupid 3d objects button in the open and save dialogs.

  4. Patrick Wingert

    Well my dell XPS 13 9370 doesn't seem to be eligible for an upgrade yet.

  5. mestiphal

    funny how with new versions of windows we no longer talk about the features added, but instead the ones removed

  6. glenn8878

    It's time to roll up every feature and improvement into Windows 11. Then try out a new UI, which I know is very hard for Microsoft.


    Snipping Tool is now Snip & Sketch. Windows is always Windows, but every other application is somehow treated as if it's different, which I will likely use it the same like Snipping Tool.

    • LocalPCGuy

      In reply to glenn8878:

      Microsoft has said many times that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows. I expect them to eventually release a new OS, that's not a spinoff like RT, or Windows on ARM. The next OS might be called Microsoft OS, or MSOS.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to glenn8878:

      Actually trying out a new UI is easier for Microsoft than it is for users whose response to Windows 8's UI changes was loud screaming that things had changed and they'd have to learn something new from what had been, essentially, in place since 1995.

      • glenn8878

        In reply to MikeGalos:

        I would argue it's not easy for Microsoft since they don't do UI's well. There's still legacy Windows 7 UI's in Windows 10. Legacy Windows/File Explorer UI and plenty of other legacy UI's. By the time they are finished, that's when it's ready to be branded as Windows 11.


        Fleshing out the new combination Win32 and UWP app model will be the next big thing if they execute it well, but we know it's a 50-50 chance it will be botched.

  7. gregsedwards

    Love the headline, Paul. On any other site, it would've been "You Won't Believe What Microsoft Killed in the Latest Version of Windows." You're like my own personal "Saved You a Click." ?

  8. jimchamplin

    Windows To Go was one of the marquee features of Windows 10. I guess nobody really used it. It was a bit of a vague feature.

  9. RobertJasiek

    Completely unlike 1903, the 1909 update for Windows 10 Pro 64b leaves every telemetry setting untouched in GUI settings, Windows services, registry, Windows firewall, group policies and task scheduler. This is how it always ought to be.

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