Microsoft Vastly Expands Windows 10 Technical Preview To Dozens Of …

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Microsoft Bridging The Gap Between Phones In The Wild And Windows 10.

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.

7 Days is a weekly round-up of the Editors’ picks of what’s been happening in the world of technology – written with a dash of humor, a hint of exasperation, and an endless supply of (Irish) coffee. The tech world has delighted us once again with a week packed full of exciting announcements, juicy revelations and intriguing rumors – but worry not, for 7 Days is here to guide you through the big headlines of the week. In an announcement on Friday, Microsoft had also confirmed that if they were successful with their tests, as they would manage to include phones which were previously not included in their list.

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. We begin this week’s review in the United Kingdom, where five leading mobile network operators have agreed to limit their customers’ liability for calls made by thieves after their phones have been stolen. 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.

Astonishingly, some customers have previously been held liable for bills of up to £23,000 racked up by thieves, but the new commitment guarantees that victims of phone theft will now have to pay no more than £100, as long as they report their phone stolen within 24 hours. 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. Samsung was one of eleven hardware partners – which also included Dell, TrekStor, QMobile, Hipstreet and others – who signed an agreement with Microsoft this week, to preinstall the Office suite onto their Android tablets. Among the devices are one of my favorite Windows phones, the Nokia Lumia 1020, as well as 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. The company has been buying various domain names, including the likes of, to prevent them from being used for sites hosting content that might raise a few eyebrows… among other things.

Microsoft rolled out a beta of its new Skype for Web service on Thursday, bringing much of the functionality available in its standalone apps to the browser. And as if that wasn’t enough, we managed to whet a few appetites hungry for new software, when we published details of Microsoft’s upcoming new Bing Maps app. The tech experts are saying in recent times Microsoft is putting more focus on mobile devices, as the smartphone market is dominated by their rivals Google Android and Apple`s iOS. Microsoft released a firmware update for its Surface Pro 3 on Thursday, adding enterprise disk encryption, and other new features designed to boost the device’s business credentials.

According to the market experts, the new Windows 10 built for smartphones will bring other Microsoft products like Office apps, OneDrive cloud storage, tightly-integrated search engine ‘Bing’ into a wide range of consumer. With more customers getting Windows 10 on their phones, Microsoft would be capable of delivering its products and services to a larger market — including those that sit within the low-end category of devices, like the older 1020, Verizon’s ICON phone, and others now with inexpensive price tags. Instead, it’s said to be a more affordable device, effectively replacing the Surface 2, although it won’t have the limited (and soon-to-be-dead) Windows RT operating system. The report claims that it will make an appearance at the company’s Build 2015 conference at the end of April, running Windows 8.1, and will be upgradeable to Windows 10.

Following its biggest rival, Google, Belfiore said the new system will add improvements to voice to text, the notification center it calls “Action Center” — and additional phone personalization. The Windows Phone platform has been holding steady in terms of market share in recent weeks – it’s not shrinking, but it’s not growing either, which is hardly the news that Microsoft wants to hear, given that its Lumia range now represents a massive 97% of all Windows Phone sales. One of its latest handsets, the lower-end Lumia 640, is expected to join the T-Mobile range in the US, where it will be sold alongside the carrier’s Lumia 635. The latest such example came from Microsoft Malaysia, which is offering buyers of its Lumia 535 enough loyalty points in Air Asia’s frequent flyer program to get a free return flight to Phuket, Krabi or Singapore. In the UK, you can now buy the Lumia 830 SIM-free for just £199.99 – a discount of £100 off its regular price – including a free Fitbit Flex (worth £79.99) and free delivery.

It’s absolutely stuffed full of crappy, useless software that Microsoft has done nothing to address, and in fact, which it has actively encouraged, in its pursuit of quantity over quality. Yes, you can point to various big-name brands that have joined the platform – but we would then have to remind you that some of them are now deserting Windows Phone. Remember: anyone who tells you that Windows Phone doesn’t have an app problem – or that the “app gap” is now closed – is either completely mad, or trying to sell you a Windows Phone. This latest update introduces voice message functionality, along with dedicated servers for Party Chat and new additions and improvements to the What’s On area. And also on the Halo front, 343 Industries launched a free-to-play multiplayer game called Halo Online this week, designed for PCs and built using a modified version of the Halo 3 engine.

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