Windows 10 Mobile and Bluetooth – Why is this hard?

As a #WindowsInsiders, I’m still using a Windows 10 Mobile device. I’m using the Microsoft Lumia 950XL – In many ways a great phone, it is on the fast ring.

My phone is my primary media device for music and audio books. Spotify, Groove and Audible are my three musketeers in mobile entertainment. When using wired headphones everything is rock solid, there are never interruptions in the audio stream, I can do anything at the same time on the phone, playing games, browsing, emails – anything.

But Bluetooth is a whole other universe!

So a naive thought would be that replacing the minijack and audio wire with Bluetooth would give the exact same result, but no. There are so many problems with Bluetooth on Windows 10 Mobile that it’s hard to know where to begin.

So let’s begin with connecting. I use Bluetooth to connect my phone to my cars, note the plural. Due to the way our daily schedule is, I often drive one car to and from work and another car to drive to activities, transport kids, bikes, skies etc.

Car #1 is running the Ford/Microsoft Sync – latest firmware from Ford
Car #2 is running an Android-based in-car (Not Android Auto) system

Both cars are working fine with non-Windows 10 phones.

Quite often (currently around 10 times a week) when entering a car, three things can happen (instead of the phone just working)

  • The phone will not connect to the car
  • The phone connects briefly, then reboots
  • The phone connects for voice but not for music

The solution to this problem can be to disable/enable Bluetooth in the settings app, this will solve the issues 25% of the times. Otherwise, I have to reboot the phone (Hold power – watching “Goodbye” for several minutes) to make the connection.

If I’m lucky enough to get a connection with audio, the “sound quality” issues start. There several different issues here:

  • If something else is going on, aka. multitasking, even the simplest operation will create skips in the audio stream.
  • Some operations can switch the audio stream into a “low bandwidth” sounding setting, in lack of a better term, sounding just like when compressing voice through an 8kbit GSM compression
  • Other operations will cause static noise and stutter.

And the last group of issues, I’ll call “external interference”, driving in certain areas always gives different audio issues – This is hard to describe, but driving on a specific piece of road will ALWAYS interrupt the audio stream, even when running audio from an app like audible where everything isĀ  streamed from the device.

Microsoft, how can I help you, so we can fix this? Reporting in Feedback Hub does not seem to have any effect, I’ll also hear from several other people whom all have similar issues.

Update: No improvements in Build 15014

Get your Dynamics NAV deployed on Azure – Fast!

At some point, a couple of years back, getting a full blown Microsoft Dynamics NAV installation up and running was not a minor task. Multiple components should be installed, lots of setup to do. It could easily take an experienced person hours, if not days to get a complete installation up and running.

Thankfully, this has changed, and deploying Dynamics NAV in Microsoft Azure has never been easier than it is today.

Step 1

Go to http://aka.ms/navdemodeploy and login to the Azure Portal

Step 2

Fill out this form. Mouse over the small (i) markers to get help.

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Some of the settings can be left blank if you don’t have a Bing Maps key. But please make sure that you select the correct country – W1 is the worldwide version of NAV, the version without any country specific functionality or language layers. If you want functionality specific to your country, you must select it.

Step 3

Ohhh, wait, you’re done, take a coffee break, let Azure deploy your server and then log into your new NAV instance when it’s ready!

Use this link to get a free Azure trial https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/

I’m a WindowsOutsider

Today Microsoft released a new offering in the ever expanding universe called Office365, called StaffHub. This is great, looks like an awesome tool for keeping schedules.

But, and here is the kicker, there is only support for iOS and Android. No Windows10 client (UWP/Phone) support?

How can a platform survive if even Microsoft will not support it?

By still using a phone running Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile I’m now a #WindowsOutsider

I wonder if my old Nokia N900 still works …