How Microsoft should woo Android and iOS developers to build Windows 10 apps

30 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft Vastly Expands Windows 10 Technical Preview To Dozens Of Smartphones.

If there’s one mantra that Microsoft seems to be chanting with the next release of Windows, it’s that the company wants feedback from its customer base on how to make it better, which is the primary goal behind its Windows Insider program.

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 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. However, thus far, as my esteemed colleague pointed out, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Technical Preview roll-out for smartphones has been significantly more limited than desktop releases. 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.

It was surprising actually, because without question, Microsoft has historically kept tight reins on Windows Phone devices from a hardware platform standpoint, so much so that they decided to acquire Nokia’s mobile division in an effort to drive the Lumia brand directly. 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. Among the devices are one of my favorite Windows phones, the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Lumia Icon, Lumia 1520 (seen above), as well as the Lumia 925 and Lumia 928, all of which are some of the most popular Windows Phones on the market currently.

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