Microsoft shows off Windows 10 on smartphones

While we’re eager to see what Windows 10 means for tablets, PCs, and consoles, probably the most exciting part of Microsoft’s Windows 10 event for our phone-obsessed mines is what it means for smartphones. Joe Belfiore has just started diving in to the latest Windows 10 preview for phones, showing us what it’s like to use the platform on a Lumia 1520.

Right from the start, we see a new look for the start screen, with improved support for custom backgrounds. Phone settings get a major revamp, and action center notifications will support sync with PCs.

Messaging will support seamless transitions across services, moving from SMS to Skype and more. And of course, as Windows 10 is all about seamless cross-device connectivity, universal apps are coming, shared between the phone and PC.

Microsoft used Office to demonstrate the power of these universal apps, and in doing so confirmed that Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will be included with Windows 10 on phones and smaller tablets.

Other new software coming to Windows 10 on phones includes a revamped Outlook client, with the full power of Word baked right in.

OneDrive integration will keep your docs safe in the cloud, and automatic album-creation and photo-enhancement will help make your pics look their best and stay easy to access.

Windows 10 is due to start arriving on smartphones later in the year, perhaps around Fall, but a Technical Preview build will be made available for Windows Insiders later in February.

Source: Microsoft

Rithvik Rao contributed to this report.

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