Windows 10 for phones preview

Windows 10 for phones preview

Windows 10 is launching later this year and that's exactly what it will be called when it arrives on smartphones, not Windows Phone 10 despite it seeming like the natural progression (there is no Windows 9). In this feature we're going to look into all aspects of the new mobile operating system from Microsoft including new features, apps and user interface.

New features in Windows 10 for phones include full-size art for the Start screen, an inproved Action Center, interactive notifications, better speech-to-text and an improved Photos app. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for smartphones, tablets and PCs. As you would expect selected Lumia handsets currently running Windows Phone 8 will be included and smartphones running Windows 10 out-of-the-box will arrive later this year including the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. 

Following its January launch event, Microsoft has made a Windows 10 Technical Preview available for a handful of devices. We've been using this on a Nokia Lumia 830 alongside a laptop running Windows 10. As the name suggests, the build is not final and should be kept in mind.

Windows 10 for phones preview: What happened to Windows Phone?

Windows 10 is being built to run across all manner of devices and is the same core platform for PCs, tablets and phones. No matter what you're using, it's a shared codebase – 'one product family, one platform, one store' is Microsoft's tagline for the new OS.

That said, Windows 10 for phones is a very similar experience to Windows Phone 8 so it's not like Microsoft is introducing smartphone users to a whole new OS. As well as a common OS core, Microsoft has switched to using the same app platform across PCs and phones.

Don't be fooled into thinking that because it's the same OS as laptops and desktops you can run full x86 programs on it all of a sudden.