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What You Should Know About Windows 10 on Smartphones

Windows 10 Mobile is an edition of the Windows 10 operating system developed by Microsoft for use on mobile devices including smartphones and small tablets under 8 inches in screen size. It is an operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. It is now only available in public beta testing through the Windows Insider program. During its first year of availability, upgrades to Windows 10 will be offered at no charge for consumer users of genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

It was released for selected preview in February this year, with varying features available depending on the smartphone and hardware compatibility. The latest version of the software includes the new universal Office apps, Xbox app and the new Windows Store Beta. When the new Windows Store app store formally launches with Windows 10 Mobile, (official release date is not yet known) it will add carrier billing for the first time, meaning purchases made in the Windows Store will appear as part of your bill. Compatibility issues are still prevalent, not due to Microsoft updates, but due to specific carriers slowing or preventing the update process.


The goal of Windows 10 is to unify the whole Windows family of products and services, including Windows PC, Windows Phone, Windows Embedded and Xbox One product families, as well as new product categories, around a common internal core. These products will share a common application architecture including the Windows Store, that expands upon the Windows Runtime platform introduced by Windows 8. Windows 10 will provide further integration with other Microsoft services and platforms. Windows 10 will also introduce Microsoft Edge, a new browser that will replace Internet Explorer.

Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 for PCs will provide an extensive platform for synchronization of content. Having the ability to port apps developed for Windows 10 on PCs, as well as compatible Android and iOS software, to the platform, and being able to connect devices to an external display and utilize a “PC-like” interface with mouse and keyboard, is an important part of the appeal of this new software. Functionality and access will depend on the hardware and operating system involved, but as support grows it will become more and more available.

Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones will be eligible for upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile, pursuant to manufacturer and carrier support. Microsoft has also stated that Windows 10 will always be updating. They say that their continuous update process will apply to all Windows 10 devices, including phones. Smartphone users running Windows 10 Mobile will enjoy the same kind of update process that Windows 10 desktop users get. This broad, inclusive approach, with Microsoft in charge of the updates, will ensure that specific devices or carriers get updates, fixes or new features before others. Unlike previous versions of Windows, Microsoft will treat Windows 10 as a “service” that will receive non-critical updates over its lifespan, in combination with periodic long-term support.