Yesterday, Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10, which it refers to as the next generation. As a mobile tech blog, we will limit the scope of our coverage to what this means for Windows Phone smartphones. Our sister site, Hose of Mo, has the more generic Windows information for you.
Windows 10 for phones and small tablets features a fast, fluid and familiar experience that seamlessly interacts with your PC. Services and apps share one underlying code and one store with tablets, PCs and Xbox. It is the first operating system to provide such seamless sharing.
Joe Belfore demonstrated Continuum Mode – the elegant transformation of Windows 10 OS and UI on a touchscreen tablet from tablet mode when used alone to PC mode when docked into a keyboard. It all went smooth and sleek.
He also demonstrated Windows 10 on a Lumia 1520. Some of the key changes include:
- Universal apps: Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People & Messaging, and Mail & Calendar all have an updated design that look and feel the same from app to app and across phones, tablets and PCs.
- recently installed apps listed at top of app list when you swipe left from your smartphone’s Start screen
- Start screen now supports graphical backgrounds with semi-transparent live tiles
- improved Settings app, with PC-like hierarchical organisation
- wireless printing
- Office apps with full capabilities of PC versions
- greater unified messaging: default Messages app can handle all Internet-based messaging e.g. Skype, WhatsApp
- next-gen web browser “Spartan” coming to phones too
- Existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices will get a free upgrade to Windows 10 for the first year.
Oh! And lastly, Microsoft says that there will be a “flagship smartphone” launched in 2015 for Windows 10.