Windows 10 for phones Preview – An early look at a new direction




Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in his time a lot of crazy things. For example, the iPhone would flop, and everyone would now work with touchscreens and therefore embrace Windows 8. However, he also said, in 2009, though, that the different Windows versions would grow together and eventually merge. This was in the days of Windows Mobile, which was based on Windows CE, before anyone had ever heard of Windows Phone.

Windows 10 on Lumia 830

It took a while, but Ballmer’s prediction seems Windows 10 to come out. Where Windows Phone 8 already partly the same as the desktop version of Windows – they share the same kernel and use the same development tools – Microsoft is going with Windows 10 even further. The phone version of the upcoming operating system is in almost all respects the same, you only get a slightly different interface presented simply because phone screens are smaller than desktop monitors or laptop screens. This is also reflected in the name. Microsoft calls the Windows Phone operating system no longer, but just Windows 10, just like the regular version.

Thursday night came first from Technical Preview, which can be tested on a select number of Lumia handsets: the Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730 and 830. By picking the Windows Insider app from the Store, you get access to the test version. We installed the preview on a Lumia 830 and surfaced in Microsoft’s new mobile operating system to see what innovations it all entails.


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