Windows 10 Preview coming to more phones

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If you have a Nokia Lumia smartphone, your chances of running the Windows 10 Preview are looking up: According to Microsoft’s Gabe Aul, the company is set to open up Windows 10 Preview builds to a broader range of phones.

The Windows 10 Preview program opened up to smartphones back in February, but the initial preview builds worked only on a small number of Lumia devices. The reasons for this limited rollout were technical—Microsoft had to select phones with an OS partition large enough to handle Windows 10 until it had finished a partition-resizing feature known as Partition Stitching.

Partition Stitching is now ready to rock, according to Microsoft, so the Windows development team was able to expand the preview to include support for additional Lumia devices.

The expanded compatibility list includes 36 Lumia models, including the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. The full list from Microsoft follows below:

Lumia 1020
Lumia 1320
Lumia 1520
Lumia 520
Lumia 525
Lumia 526
Lumia 530
Lumia 530 Dual Sim
Lumia 535
Lumia 620
Lumia 625
Lumia 630
Lumia 630 Dual Sim
Lumia 635
Lumia 636
Lumia 638
Lumia 720
Lumia 730
Lumia 730 Dual SIM
Lumia 735
Lumia 810
Lumia 820
Lumia 822
Lumia 830
Lumia 920
Lumia 925
Lumia 928
Lumia ICON
Microsoft Lumia 430
Microsoft Lumia 435
Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV
Microsoft Lumia 532
Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

Microsoft stresses that this is a “preliminary” list and is subject to change: The company may add or remove models from the compatibility list as it fixes bugs—or finds new ones.

Microsoft hasn’t said when it plans to release the next build of Windows 10, but when it does, check back with Microsoft to see if it’s added support for your device

Microsoft Releases Tools for Building Windows 10 Universal Apps

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Microsoft on Monday released the first developer tools or SDK for building ‘universal apps’ for the Windows 10 platform.Developers, to access the new tools released by Microsoft, have to first sign up for the Windows Insider Program, which has now been running for some time, and install the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview release. Alongside, they will get Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 (Community Technology Preview) and Tools for the Windows 10 Technical Preview that includes the software development kit (SDK).

Microsoft’s S. Somasegar, Corporate Vice President, Developer Division in a blog post announced the news and said, “Today we are making available a first preview of the Visual Studio 2015 tools for building Windows 10 applications. Windows Insiders can get access to the Windows 10 Technical Preview tools now, and use them with Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 and the Windows 10 Technical Preview.”

The Redmond giant alongside also announced that sample codes for developers will be published on GitHub while confirming that more code samples will be released by Microsoft’s Build conference scheduled from April 29 to May 1.

Microsoft stressed that this is just a preview available for developers and highlighted some key aspects in the preview release including Adaptive UX, the provide ability to use a single UI that will adapt from small to large screens; User controls, where some Windows 10 UI controls will determine, at runtime, how the customer interacts with the app and will render the user experience; API contracts, with which developers can directly verify if a Windows feature is available rather than making an inference based on the operating system version, apart from some Visual Studio Tooling improvements.

Developers can head to Microsoft’s blog to get details about the first technical preview of the Windows 10 developer tools now available to Windows Insider members.

“Windows 10 will be an exciting release for developers, with support for Windows universal apps that run across all Windows 10 devices and improved tooling for every Windows application type,” Somasegar adds.

Microsoft in the first week of March revealed more details about its Windows universal apps and also talked about how the Windows 10 universal app platform would work. Additionally, announcing that the universal app platform technical details will be revealed at the Build Conference in San Francisco.

The company announced Universal Windows apps, a move that claimed to bring a new common Windows runtime to PCs, phones, and tablets (and the Xbox One), at last year’s Build conference. With the launch of Windows 10 in September, Microsoft came closer to its vision of universal apps that will allow apps to work across a variety of devices (from phones to tablet to gaming consoles).

Windows 10 to Launch This Summer; Xiaomi Named Testing Partner

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Microsoft Corp is making its biggest push into the heavily pirated Chinese consumer computing market this summer by offering free upgrades to Windows 10 to all Windows users, regardless of whether they are running genuine copies of the software.The move is an unprecedented attempt by Microsoft to get legitimate versions of its software onto machines of the hundreds of millions of Windows users in China. Recent studies show that three-quarters of all PC software is not properly licensed there.

Terry Myerson, who runs Microsoft’s operating systems unit, announced the plan at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China.

“We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” he said in a telephone interview with Reuters. The plan is to “re-engage” with the hundreds of millions of users of Windows in China, he said, without elaboration.

Myerson said Windows 10 would be released globally sometime “this summer”. That is the first time Microsoft has put a time frame on the release, although it has been expected in autumn, based on Microsoft’s release history.

Microsoft said in January it would offer free upgrades to Windows 10 for users of Windows 7 or later in an attempt to hold onto users and make up for lost revenue by selling services such as Office over the Internet.

Microsoft is working with Lenovo Group Ltd, the world’s biggest PC maker, to help roll out Windows 10 in China to current Windows users, Myerson said.

It also is offering Windows 10 through security company Qihoo 360 Technology Co and Tencent Holdings Ltd, China’s biggest social networking company, which will build a Windows 10 app that will work on smartphones and PCs for its popular QQ gaming and messaging service. QQ has more than 800 million users.

Lenovo said in a statement that it will make phones running Windows software, available through China Mobile, sometime later this year.

Microsoft also said it is working with Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd – which generally uses a form of Google Inc’s Android on its devices – to offer some customers a test version of Windows 10 on their smartphones.”