Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul talks Windows 10 preview timetable, warns against hacks
Microsoft’s Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is here, giving owners of select Lumia smartphones an early glimpse into Microsoft’s next efforts for its mobile platform. But what’s next for the program? When can we expect a new release with some fresh new features? And what about compatibility with additional phones; should you just try that hack that tricks Microsoft’s servers into letting you put the preview on unsupported hardware? The company’s Gabriel Aul has been fielding questions on Twitter, and brings us answer to these questions and more.
That installation hack we told you about yesterday? Aul strongly advises against attempting it, citing unknown risks. User reports of bricked devices seem to add support to his warning.
As for new releases, Microsoft intends to get them out on a roughly monthly schedule. New tile options may be present in such future builds, but Aul is clear that nothing there’s a done deal yet, and tile designs we’ve already seen need not necessarily make it into the final Windows 10.
Aul also clears up some confusion about Microsoft’s preview programs in general. Remember the Preview for Developers that would give you early looks at WP8.1 updates? That sounds like it will still be living on, but it represents a different, more late-stage phase of development from what we’re seeing in this Technical Preview – so maybe we’ll see something like that for Windows 10 a few month further down the road.