According to a blog post by Gabe Aul, if you own a Lumia device you will likely have the next Windows 10 for Phone preview available on your device. The news is certainly welcome to everyone who was disappointed by the limited number of devices the original preview was available for in January. That seems to be resolved thanks to the partition stitching process that had to be resolved on many devices and within the next couple of weeks we should see a new build.
It has been 40 days since the first Windows 10 for Phone Technical Preview was released to Windows Insiders and unfortunately, there isn’t an update in sight.
Earlier this morning Microsoft’s Gabe Aul posted on Twitter about the updates now available for the Windows 10 Technical Preview for PCs and Tablets. In the thread of replies he was asked about an update for Windows 10 for Phone. Sadly the news was not good.
@mrmhk97 No news to share on phone build yet.
— Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) March 24, 2015
Like the bemoaning that has happened on Windows 10 and the lack of updates, the natives are growing restless with Windows 10 for Phone at this point too. Microsoft has made it clear that this summer we will see Windows 10 across all devices. That means testing absolutely needs to get started in earnest across a wide range of Windows Phones. We know that there will be more phones eligible to run the next update and we also know that the Partition Zipping for higher end phones was needed for it to be loaded onto these devices. Regardless of this fact the need to get an update out on phones is becoming ever more critical to meet this summer launch date.
The amount of content and information about Windows 10 and Windows 10 for Phone from last week’s WinHEC event in China has been impressive. Some of it has been reaffirmation of things that we already knew (like further explanation of the Universal App development) while other news has been fresh like the Windows 10 for Phone hardware requirements. This latest tidbit likely will fall in the “About Time” category for many who have been using Windows Phone for some time. When we see Windows 10 for Phone roll out later this year it will natively support Wi-Fi Protected Setup, or WPS.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with WPS, it is way of securely connecting to your Wi-Fi network without having to enter in a long password. The idea behind it is that you can have a secure network but not be encumbered by a massively long security key, the significant reason people at home do not setup secure networks. While Windows 8.1 supports WPS today, it is not supported in Windows Phone 8.1 so this change will make it easier for users to connect their devices and keep their networks secure.
After what seemed like an eternity in February and early March, the news surrounding Windows 10 has been fast and furious these past two weeks. Today’s announcement, the availability of the Windows 10 SDK (Software Development Kit) continues that and is a signal to developers to start preparing their apps for Windows 10. Now.
The new Windows 10 SDK can be found at this link and like Windows 10 itself, this SDK is in preview mode (i.e. beta). Still, if you are a developer or are thinking of doing some development in this new Universal app world of Windows 10, the SDK should be something to download and review. To do so you will need to be a part of the Windows Insider program which is also free.
Building on the announcements that they made at Mobile World Congress, Microsoft and Samsung today have announced a furthering of their relationship which will include the pre-install of Microsoft Office apps on Samsung Android-based tablets. The announcement, while not a complete surprise, is good news for Samsung devices users as they will get these apps and the impact of this is both for consumers and businesses. While I have been quite critical of how Google themselves had played with Microsoft, it is clear that Samsung sees the value of a relationship between the two companies even after a contentious legal battle. While I’m not sure this is all kiss-and-make-up, it certainly is a step in the right direction.
Continuing their dive to the bottom of the price barrel on smartphones, Microsoft today has announced the new Lumia 430. This $70 Windows Phone 8.1 powered device has minimal specs as you would expect for that price point but does has a few things going for it in that it is upgradable to Windows 10 for Phone and it is a Dual-SIM device. Otherwise this phone is not going to set the world alight but that really isn’t want Microsoft is intending with the Lumia 430. It is a budget friendly phone aimed at specific markets (APAC, IMEA, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus) to go after the “next billion” in Microsoft plans.
That means we will likely never see the Lumia 430 here in the United States.
When it comes to Windows 10 for Phone, we are going to see a whole lot of improvements around USB support in the release coming this summer. At the WinHEC event in China, the company outlined how they are going to be changing the way USB works on the platform and they are all positives. First and perhaps most importantly is the support for USB Type-C, the new standard in USB connectors. Apple as you may know recently announced a new MacBook that only has a USB Type-C connector for everything: Power, Display, etc. Some didn’t take kindly to it but now that Microsoft has pushed support for it into Windows 10, it’s another indicator that this is the connection type of choice in the future. The benefits are clear as Type-C has far more power and potential functionality than the current connection, Type-A for those that are curious.
The WinHEC event in China has been a big event with a lot of news about the release of Windows 10 this summer and, for the first time, the hardware requirements for Windows 10 for PC, Tablets and Windows 10 for Phones. The minimum specifications do have some interesting tidbits in the information but equally not a huge change from Windows Phone 8.1. Perhaps the biggest change is the screen sizes that Windows 10 for Phones will run on as well as the minimum memory requirements based on the screen sizes of those devices.
In a post on the Windows Blog at Microsoft, the company has committed to Windows 10 being released this summer for PCs, Tablets and Phones. It is the first solid commitment they have made other than “Coming in 2015″ and gives an good indication that the company feels they are making good progress on the release thanks to the help of Windows Insiders. While no specific date was provided in the post from Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Operating Systems at Microsoft, it is does mean that we will likely see Windows 10 on our devices within 6 months.
The recently announced Lumia 640 and Lumia 640XL have made their way to the Microsoft Store in the UK and are available for Pre-Order. In case you missed it, these are the two new Lumias that were announced at Mobile World Congress and are 5″ and 5.7″ mid-range Windows Phones respectively. The pricing is in line with what was expected. The Lumia 640 will be about $250 while the larger Lumia 640XL is equal to $325. Both can be pre-ordered now with a release date of April 28 being posted on the site.