A couple days back, word landed that Microsoft was nearly ready to release the next Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, with Gabriel Aul tweeting that preparations were in the works to have the release ready to go sometime this week. And while he couldn’t commit to that happening for sure, leaving the door open for a delay if any last-minute issues popped up, it looks like things went about as smoothly as could be hoped, and today Microsoft makes Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10080 available for smartphone testers.
Maybe the biggest deal here is new hardware support, and with this release Microsoft finally fixes the bugs that were preventing the preview from working on the Lumia 930 and Lumia Icon. Beyond those, it also adds support for the Lumia 640 and 640XL, as well as taking the significant step of bringing the preview to a non-Lumia smartphone for the first time, the HTC One M8 for Windows.
The fresh build introduces the new Windows Store beta, and that brings with it some new app previews, including Office titles and the Xbox app. In addition to some other new apps, the release also delivers a bunch of bugfixes, though plenty of others persist – and you’ll want to check the full release notes available through the source link below so you’ll know what to expect. And while One M8 support is very much here, it doesn’t extend to the Verizon carrier edition of the phone – at least, not for now.