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Microsoft has made available its first public preview build of Windows 10 for Windows phones. As usual there is much more info, and links to other details in the full articles below:




"Microsoft is making available to testers the first public preview of Windows 10 mobile, a version of Windows 10 ultimately designed to run on ARM-based Windows Phones and ARM- and Intel- small tablets and phablets.


The preview bits for certain Windows Phones are available for download by those who have signed up to be Windows Insider testers. The release of the Windows 10 mobile preview follows by just over a week the release of the first public preview of touch-first Office for Windows 10 desktop users.

This first preview is available for installation only on certain Windows Phone devices, specifically Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730 and 830 devices, according to Microsoft officials.


Microsoft officials promised at the end of January that the company would deliver the Windows 10 mobile preview in the month of February, but wouldn't provide an exact target date. Those officials showed off a glimpse of some of the capabilities that would be part of Windows 10 mobile -- beyond what would be in the first public preview -- during Microsoft's Windows 10 event in Redmond on January 21.


Spartan comes later

Officials said not to expect the new, lighter-weight Microsoft browser, codenamed "Spartan," to be part of the first public preview of Windows 10 mobile, though they briefly showed it off to those who attended the January 21 event. Microsoft plans to add Spartan, which will be the default browser for Windows 10 desktop and mobile, to the preview bits some time in the coming months.


Microsoft execs also said to expect Microsoft to build into the Windows 10 mobile SKU enhanced Cortana functionality, as well as updated and free versions of a number of its mobile applications, including Outlook, Calendar, Photos and Maps. (The updated Outlook for Windows Phone will look like the new Outlook apps for iOS and Android -- which are so far little more than Acompli email clientsfor those platforms.)"






From the Windows Phone 10 preview site directly:


"We are starting with a limited set of devices supported for this first preview. Windows 10 will drive innovation across screens of all sizes and we will have new hardware from Microsoft and our partners, including new flagship phones. The majority of Lumia phones, from our most advanced to the most affordable, can be upgraded to Windows 10. That said, for this technical preview, we need to start with a small subset of devices in order to isolate OS issues from hardware or board support package issues so we can stabilize the platform. This is a normal part of the engineering process, but you would not have seen it in the past because we haven’t done a public preview before—so those builds were Microsoft only. (In the first 4-6 months of development, our team would typically focus on only one specific device—then we’d broaden.)


Support for more phones will be phased in with each new build, and we’ll announce which devices are being added when the build comes out. Expect the list to grow slowly at first but expand comprehensively over time. For this first preview build these are the devices supported:

Lumia 630 Lumia 638
Lumia 635 Lumia 730
Lumia 636 Lumia 830



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