The next update for Windows 10 preview supports more than 6 phones

29 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.Microsoft has tentatively opened up its Windows 10 Technical Preview to more phones, after its initial list back in February had been extremely limited.

A larger set of phones are now on the list, because – Aul explained – Microsoft has almost solved its so-called “partition stitching” function, which would apparently allow Redmond “to re-size the system partition dynamically” and thereby open up the build to more mobes. [W]e feel great here about the partition stitching code and current builds, but we likely still have at least one more week of engineering to do to ensure we get a great build for the expanded list of 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. 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. The update still leaves many phones out, particularly devices from HTC, Samsung, or any other third party — only Lumia devices will be supported in the new preview build. 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. Aul mentions that if a device isn’t listed, it’s likely due to a device specific bug, but there is a possibility that more phones may make it into the next flight.

If you’re using a Windows phone as your day-to-day phone, you’ll likely want to hold off on the update for now. “This preview is still very much under development and you’re going to see some rough edges,” Aul wrote last month.

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