In addition to the new improvements shipping with the Windows 10 version 1909, November 2019 Update, during the development cycle, it’s also when Microsoft does a house-cleanup to remove features that may be obsolete, no longer useful, or are getting replaced with newer experiences.
Usually, the functionalities that are getting removed from Windows 10 are not significant. In the case of version 1909, the system will no longer sync taskbar settings across devices, and Microsoft is also removing the PNRP APIs.
Features removed on version 1909
Windows 10 version 1909 is removing these features:
- Taskbar settings roaming: Roaming of taskbar settings is no longer being developed, and Microsoft plans to disable it in future updates.
- PNRP APIs: The Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) cloud service was removed with Windows 10, version 1809, and process will be completed with version 1809.
Features deprecated on version 1909
Windows 10 version 1909 is deprecating these features:
- My People / People in the Shell: The feature is no longer being developed. It may be removed in a future update.
- Hyper-V vSwitch on LBFO: In a future release, the Hyper-V vSwitch will no longer have the capability to be bound to an LBFO team. Instead, it can be bound via Switch Embedded Teaming (SET).
- Language Community tab in Feedback Hub: The Language Community tab will be removed from the Feedback Hub.
- TFS1/TFS2 IME: TSF1 and TSF2 IME will be replaced by TSF3 IME in a future release. Text Services Framework (TFS) enables language technologies. TSF IME are Windows components that you can add to enable typing text for Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean languages.
Package State Roaming (PSR): PSR will be removed in a future update. PSR allows non-Microsoft developers to access roaming data on devices, enabling developers of UWP applications to write data to Windows and synchronize it to other instantiations of Windows for that user. The recommended replacement for PSR is Azure App Service.
The deprecated features will continue to ship with the operating system, but they are no longer in development, and they will be removed in future releases.
You can always check this Microsoft support site for more details on the features removed or planned to be replaced with this version of Windows 10.
See also removed and deprecated features from previous versions: