Microsoft Squeezes Windows 10 Onto Lumia Smartphones
After making an appearance on PCs and tablets, early testers can check out the Windows 10 Technical Preview on select Lumia smartphones.A preview of Microsoft's ambitious Windows 10 operating system is now available for a handful of Lumia devices, the company announced. Windows 10 is less of a desktop OS—although Microsoft is taking great pains to appeal to the keyboard and mouse crowd—and more of a software foundation for a wide variety of devices, from tiny maker boards to an augmented reality headset to a giant, 84-inch smart whiteboard. Nestled within that expansive range of devices are smartphones, and this time around, Microsoft is getting an early start. "This is the earliest publicly available preview we've ever done for Windows on phones," said Microsoft's Gabe Aul, Data and Fundamentals lead in the software giant's Operating Systems Group, in a blog post. As such, some users may encounter some issues, he cautioned. "This preview is still very much under development and you're going to see some rough edges." Windows 10 for phones lacks some polish at this stage, Aul admitted. The reason is that Microsoft is currently focused on the "fundamentals" of its single-OS vision.
"Much of our work until this point has been on platform development rather than the completeness of the UI, so a lot isn't immediately visible—like the fact that we have a common OS core and app platform across PC and phones," wrote Aul. "But those 'fundamentals' represent a ton of work and are going to enable a lot of cool things to come, like apps that work seamlessly across devices, consistent manageability of devices, and the ability to run a whole new generation of Office Universal Apps on all of your Windows 10 devices."