Microsoft readies Windows 10 smartphone preview

We’re just over a week away from January 21, the date Microsoft has set for its next big Windows 10 event. While the next edition of the company’s operating system family was announced back near the start of fall, Microsoft’s been taking its time in sharing all the details, and we’ve patiently awaited the day when it would turn its spotlight on the intersection between Windows 10 and mobile devices: it looks like January 21 will be that day. In preparation for the event, Microsoft has a new Phone Insider app out, one that’s expected to give many users their first taste of Windows 10 on phones.

Microsoft hasn’t officially divulged the talking points for its upcoming event, but reports suggest that there will indeed be an emphasis on the phone side of things. Some of that may be in the context of unifying designs between phones and Microsoft’s game console, but we’ll just be happy to see anything about how this mobile OS is evolving.

As for the Phone Insider app, it’s not much use to anyone but Microsoft employees at the moment, but word is that we could soon see it opened to the public, with the ability to preview certain features in advance of the full Windows 10 release.

Finally, we hear a little rumor on the Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 update we’d been talking about a bunch last year, but never saw arrive. Supposedly it may never get here at all – at least not in the form we’d expect. Some of the features initially tipped for GDR2 have arrived without it, while others would be pushed back to Windows 10 itself.

Source: The Verge, Nokia Poweruser
Via: GSM Arena

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