Windows 10 Mobile on track for most Lumia phones

29 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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.In a blog post released on Friday, software giant Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group has revealed that the forthcoming test build of the company’s new Windows 10 operating system will be available on a wide range of Lumia smartphones. 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. Microsoft’s disclosure of plans related to a huge expansion of Windows 10 on Lumia handsets is highly noteworthy, especially since the company’s February-released Windows 10 Technical Preview was supported by only a few Lumia smartphones, including the Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730, and 830.

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. 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. 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.

The company has been buying various domain names, including the likes of office.porn, to prevent them from being used for sites hosting content that might raise a few eyebrows… among other things. After receiving feedbacks, the company’s Windows Insider program head Gabe Aul said they had successfully tested the partition stitching feature code last week.

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, Microsoft wants to reach more consumers with their software for mobile devices so that they can deliver their other products and services to a wider market.

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 first Windows 10 build for smartphones will bring Microsoft products like Office apps, OneDrive cloud storage, tightly-integrated search engine Bing, and more importantly, the new web browser which would replace the clunky Internet Explorer. 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. 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.

As we pointed out this week, the Instagram app on Windows Phone hasn’t been updated for over a year, despite lacking many of the features available in the same app on other platforms. 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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