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First Windows 10 for Phones screenshots appear, show new settings and notifications interface

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Microsoft has been very clear about designing its new Windows 10 OS with unification in mind. From what was said and demoed at the Win 10 presentation last month, it seems that, even though visually the OS will still look a bit different across devices, under the hood it will all be very similar, sharing a common kernel, and a common app store, which should be a relief for all the disgruntled Windows app developers out there.

A few screenshots from the technical preview of Windows 10 for Phones have leaked out, and they confirm what Microsoft was saying during the presentation. Besides the Universal tiled interface, a new unified Notifications system was shown, too, which will keep it all synced across phones, tablets and laptops. Deleting a notification will make it disappear on all gear, for instance. Microsoft has a new toggles menu in store, with taps for GPS, silent mode, and a rudimentary settings menu. Windows 10 for phones will now include the full mobile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The Office ribbon has been downsized and tailored for smaller displays, and yet staples like Track Changes will now be present on Win 10 smartphones, too. You will also have the option for wirelessly beaming presentations and other documents through Miracast, or to a connected printer.

The live tiles are still here, and are livelier than ever, populated with real-time information. You can also add backgrounds freely behind those, but the most important part are the so-called universal apps. These will be apps like Office, for instance, which will be one and the same running across phones, tablets, and laptops, with only the interface icons and menus adjusted to fit the various screen scenarios - small, large, touch, non-touch an so on. Microsoft promised Windows 10 for Phones technical preview to hit developers' phones this month, so hopefully we will be getting more leaks with the new interface soon.

source: WMPU

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posted on 05 Feb 2015, 04:42

1. mousesports (Posts: 273; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


Wonderful

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 06:41

19. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Surprised that no one mentioned, these are all fakes !! Even the screenshot is of very low resolution. These are all coming off from just hours old reddit accounts.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 04:43 7

2. madbmd (Posts: 32; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


It looks like Android notification...

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 04:49 11

5. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Yes, it does. Taking some cues from the best will lead you to success, at least in the mobile world.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 04:50 2

6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1380; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


And settings menu looks identical to Android JB settings screen.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 05:57 9

13. hemedans (Posts: 461; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


people nowadays almost forget about symbian

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 06:19 2

17. trnz007 (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


agreed...

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 07:36

22. gehena1315 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


This new interface looks like Holo.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 04:45

3. e8ght (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 May 2013)


Looks neat!

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 04:47 1

4. boosook (Posts: 1425; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Oh, look... KitKat's quick toggles! They're finally on par with an obsolete version of Android. ;)

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 04:54 6

7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1380; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Not obsolete. Majority phones are still running on Kit Kat.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 06:02

15. RajRicardo (Posts: 384; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


yup...only 1.6% of all androids are on lollipop.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 09:13

25. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


Really?? One of the smoothest OS with possibly the most advance voice command option is finally "on par" with Kitkat?

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 09:48

26. gehena1315 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


No still not, I would say..

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 11:29

28. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


I'd you take away apps availability... Yes they are on par. WP 8.1 is actually more stable and crashes less.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 15:09 3

30. oldhamletman (Posts: 72; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)


wp has had central notification, voice command, interpretative text, and all kinds of stuff for years... it's amazing that phonearena and other reviewers think they know what wp has when they don't.... everyone supports this illusion that windows phone doesn't have all these features when it's had them for years.... central notification has been in windows phone since the beginning almost 4 years ago and idiots are acting like it's new in wp10

the best thing I ever did was leave android for windows... 10 times easier, sandboxed so no malware unlike android, etc.... unless you are interested in 5000 versions of angry birds, windows is 10 times better than android

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 04:57

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3717; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Looks cool. Flash, screenshot, etc. should also be provided. Where is Data option or is it given in the form of Internet Sharing?

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 05:24

11. tigermcm (Posts: 851; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


been had screenshot function and i believe flash was fixed around the same time screenshot was given

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 05:59

14. mptripper (Posts: 31; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)


You can change quick action (toggles) in the settings menu. And there is data quick action, at least in my win 8.1

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 04:57 1

9. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Still seems far behind Android launchers in terms of home screen customization.
What about live wallpapers, full tile customization, customizable app drawer?

http://youtu.be/3pcoYoa8MyE

http://youtu.be/3pcoYoa8MyE

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 05:49 6

12. tigermcm (Posts: 851; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


can android and win stay different sheesh i dont understand why cry for android features and not just get android. if MS copies everything android ppl will still complain.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 06:52 1

21. theguy2345 (Posts: 1182; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


Leave these android people. They wouldn't be happy if the entire interface was identical to android. These are just three pictures of a very early preview. It almost means nothing at this point.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 06:06

16. NopeNein (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


Meh..

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 06:23

18. threed61 (Posts: 192; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Can we finally chose our own appearance, so that the screen doesn't look like a 6 year old's toy?

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 08:11 4

23. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


If your WP start screen looks like a 6 year olds toy, that is your own fault. Every WP start screen looks different and the ONLY way your screen looks like anyone else's Start screen is if it is the default start screen setup.

You swing "we" and "our" doesn't help convince anyone that you own a Windows Phone device and if you do own one and you think it looks like a 6 year olds toy then that is your fault and a lack of creativity in your customization.

I can show you 3 of my Windows Phones that have totally different Start Screen setups and user experiences. My android and iOS devices do not have the same level of user experience customization.

Windows Phone Start Screen customization is more than a background change and icon location change like on iOS and Android. You can tailor the user experience on the Start Screen, not just the looks.

So, once again, either you own a WP and its your fault how your Start Screen looks or you don't own one and don't realize that the ONLY way a personal WP looks like ANY screenshot you have seen is if it is the default setup when you get a new phone and the user never customized their Start Screen.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 17:46

31. threed61 (Posts: 192; Member since: 27 May 2011)


For the record, had HTC Trophy, Samsung Focus S, and Lumias 822, 928, 1520, Icon and 635.
I enjoy the customization options for Windows 8x devices, and having been challenged, have found one app I haven't yet tried.
iOS and Android don't generally use garish, vivid pastel colors in the first place and don't start out as ugly. The effect is far worse on tablets and desktops than on WPs. I would settle for a way to tone down the worst offenders.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 06:48 4

20. DogeShibe (Posts: 1110; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I like the quote - "Every setback has a major comeback".

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 08:23

24. HelloMyNameIs (Posts: 18; Member since: 02 Dec 2014)


Agreed

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 09:57

27. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


nice !!

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 13:11

29. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1524; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


i' M GLAD Microsoft is moving along with it's Universal apps. Microsoft seems to be doing better at selling tablets than smart phones. Microsoft needs to make a cheap Atom CPU
Tablet to replace the Affordable RT tablets the Surface 2 and the Nokia 2520 lumia Tablet.
Microsoft it appears from now on will make only PC Tablets. the good about that is there are millions of PC Programs and games that run on PC tablets plus the Apps in the windows Apps store however the bad thing is Good to excellent PC tablets will cost more to buy because they use more expensive Intel i5 and i7 CPU's and the better New broadwell CPU's. maybe AMD's cheaper CPU's can lower the cost of PC Tablets.

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 12:00

32. ZenMasta (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Feb 2015)


I don't know why people are thinking that universal apps are a new thing. It's been possible since 8.1

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