Last week Microsoft announced a Technical Preview of Windows 10 for phones. The first preview is only available for a Lumia’s 630,635,636,638,730 and 830 and in this video I take a look at the technical preview on a Lumia 630.
To Install Windows 10 on a supported device you install the Windows Insider app, select whether you want the fast track or the slow track for future updates and then go to Settings and check for updates. It will then download the update.
The main changes in Windows 10 for phones over Windows Phone 8.1 are:
- Expanded quick actions in Action Center, there is now an expand button which shows more actions.
- Full-size background image for Start.
- Interactive notifications, so you can reply inline to text messages
- Text to speech everywhere, there is a microphone icon in the keyboard so you can have speech input anywhere you can type.
- An all new photos app.
- A new file manager app.
New settings screen arranged by category.
Microsoft do warn about a number of issues (see my post) but so far the little 630 is working ok. More changes are coming in future builds.
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.