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Windows 10 on phones: all the new features

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Windows 10 on phones: all the new features
Windows 10 will be the official name of the next Microsoft operating system for smartphones, and it will come as a free upgrade for those who have a Windows Phone 8.1 device.

Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore stood up on stage in Redmond today to present all the new features of Windows 10, and we’ve decided to give you a deeper look at those particular ones that will arrive on smartphones.

With no further ado, here are the most notable new Windows 10 features for phones.

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posted on 21 Jan 2015, 16:31 11

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


All awesome features. Really can't wait, and I will put the preview on one of my phones. Probably my old one, because I don't want to mess up my new phone. Especially the outlook app. That is a great, modern app. And printing from the phone is also really nice.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 21:36

31. dimas (Posts: 1896; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


And recently they just patented the mute mode for people who prefer having silent phones while watching movies. If the leading OS are such innovative, how come Android or Apple didn't implement this before?

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 23:06 3

34. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 800; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


What are you taking about ? All these features are already available on Android & iOS.
I was about to appreciate that WP is implementing these which would be awesome for users on all platforms and WP can be at par with other two OS, but then I read your fanboy comment..
Don't troll here... You should use other OS thoroughly before commenting...

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 00:46 2

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


so on Ios and droid this same feature you say they have does it automatically go into silent mode when you are in the theater?

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 16:36 1

2. Sharky (Posts: 233; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)


All very good features. Recently got a Lumia 530 as a backup phone with the W10 preview in mind. can't wait to try some of these features out. Also can't forget the ability to move the keyboard around on the screen. Seems like it would be a useful feature for phablets.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 18:03

15. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Yeah, the OS is definitely the bomb. Having the same core across devices makes others look archiac. So much to take in Windows 10 on a phone just got major support from the rest of the family of products and apps.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 23:50

36. Extraneus (Posts: 121; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


Particularly the full blown Office will kick rear quarters!
And nobody is mentioning W(P) finally getting adjustable keyboard for large displays...
Really hoping the transparent tiles of today will be an option; the mosaic style is so much better looking than a photo hiding behind full tiles. I have no idea why people are so excited about this feature...?

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 11:06

52. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


agree with the transparent tiles i love it more than background imges

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 14:08

59. newsman (Posts: 21; Member since: 12 Jan 2015)


This technology impresses with its functionality. Although if you remember the old models, they are not worse. Here's a look! favewallpapers.com/58565-samsung-samsung-note%202-​android-phone.html

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 16:48

3. roentgen1108 (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jan 2015)


When will be the release of these update? For both mobile and laptop? Seems like we get the WP10 update first before the update of for the android 5.0..

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 16:58

7. yahia_malka (Posts: 186; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


For desktop , in the next week
And for phones
In mid Feb

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 03:59

48. o7o (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


These are just the previews, not the final builds. They'll be released later this year.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 20:03 1

24. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


well I do admit I'm a little disappointed with Windows 10 for phones but really impressed with windows for PC. But I think there is more to come like interactive tiles. I think They just showed a preview in this announcement and more to come.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 16:48 9

4. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Nothing special at all, features of 2009

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 17:32 3

11. Captain_Doug (Posts: 990; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


It's still great Windows is catching up. I don't use them but it'd be nice to have a good backup OS. I might go mess around with their phones in store once this comes out. It's the little things that really make for a seamless experience.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 17:54 3

14. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Maybe you are reading the wrong article what are all the features from 2009, point them all out. Much of what MS did there are forward thinking.

Much of what the other Android and iOS are doing now has been done since 2010.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 19:52 3

23. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Most of these feature were wither added in the lat year on other platforms or aren't even available...

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 00:24 1

37. Extraneus (Posts: 121; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


Sure, cross-platform apps are sooo 2009. NOT!

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 15:04

64. elitewolverine (Posts: 5076; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You mean features windows mobile had since 01? including stylus and handwriting? Your right...ms has done nothing...in reality they were the first in tons, or at least offered it at a 24% share of the market.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 16:56 7

5. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


They FINALLY fixed the horrible settings in WP.

They've come a long way in 5 years, but really, this is nothing more than another .x update as nothing here is earth shattering in any way.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 00:26 4

38. Extraneus (Posts: 121; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


Use the same apps on your pc, tablet and phone, with instant sync? Full-blown Office on your phone? I'd say these alone constitute an earthquake of some dimensions...!

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 10:55

51. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Already happens with ios and android except with the archaic windows desktop that less and less people need.

Running a winrt app (not the winrt you are thinking of) isn't mindblowing at all, seeing how all MS did was make the winrt time run on windows, not the other way around. WP always used it.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 23:40

62. Heritor (Posts: 47; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


The only people who speak ill of a windows desktop are those who do not have one or cannot afford one.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 16:57 4

6. yahia_malka (Posts: 186; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


Still , that's not all
Microsoft didn't say anything about software features
Like Bluetooth HID , USB OTG
Wi-Fi direct
And those
Interactive live tiles ;) and more
Trust me
Thru haven't shown any thing to now ;)

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 17:13 5

8. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


BT hid, USB OTG and wifi direct have been present on android for 4 years now.

Better late than never huh.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 01:20 2

40. SIGPRO (Posts: 1371; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Yes and Nokia was the first to use USB OTG, years before Android!
And Wifi direct works on WP!

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 10:53

50. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Prove it.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 11:19

53. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Btw, I don't doubt nokia did a lot of stuff first.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 17:15 9

9. UglyFrank (Posts: 1580; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Wallpapers? This is mindblowing

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 17:16 8

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1005; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


If I want Windows 10 experience, I'll take pc, not a smartphone

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 19:04

17. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Its all one OS, Windows on your phone is not a separate OS its the same OS at the core, that's why its called Windows 10. Geez some trolls different day. Besides with the synergy than MS offers across devices is ahead of the curve. Ill take the Windows experience offer Android or iOS , different people different choice.

Happy with all the additions today Interactive Tiles took the homescreen to another level. Icons belongs in the 20's.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 19:34 3

19. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


"Icons belongs in the 20's"

Tell that to the 97.3% of people using something besides Windows Phone, then go back and tell it to the 10% that tried to switch to Windows phone and returned it...

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 19:43 1

21. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Where did you get your 97.3%?, can you provide some evidence. Same for your 10%, show us. At one point 97.3 percent of people also used Skeumorphism, we all know how that turned out.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 21:02 1

29. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


He's right, if tiles were all that, people would have switched for them already,...didn't happen.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 21:53 3

32. JasonDragon (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


Actually, I've evolved to have the same gut reaction when I see icons now - they seem old fashioned after having owned a Windows Phone for a number of years. Given the choice of having 1) variable-sized tiles showing the degree of information I like for each app or 2) a grid of small static icons that leave a lot of room to see the background wallpaper, I now prefer the Windows tiles. I can pick up my phone and take a quick glance to easily see everything that I want instead of just a pretty picture.
But, I can't say that I use tiles much on my Windows 8.1 laptop - perhaps that with change with Windows 10.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 20:09 1

26. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


It's the same in core but they still differ from PC to mobile experience. I think the announcement was more focused on windows for PC/tablets and more features will come to mobile version. And did they mention interactive tiles on mobile? I was really expecting that feature.
And also I think tiles are comparable to widgets not icons since WP has square icons of its own.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 20:14

27. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Small variations but its a single operating system across different devices.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 17:39

12. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Getting tepid reaction on a few sites, not too rosey.
I'm in no need of this either, I'll happily stay with Seven.
It does nothing to sway me to WP as well, just seems meh.

Kudos to those that do like it.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 23:42

63. Heritor (Posts: 47; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


then shut up..

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 17:53

13. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 292; Member since: 13 May 2014)


They need to talk Google into making google apps compatible with Windows 10 for smartphones! I need YouTube, chrome, google drive and hangouts.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 19:38 1

20. elitewolverine (Posts: 5076; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Tubecast kills YouTube, here drive for me has beaten google drive on several occasions...hangouts...i suppose. I see the website version had hangouts I don't know if it works as I use Skype. Chrome...not much difference in the mobile realm.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 22:23 1

33. hurrycanger (Posts: 1556; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Google Drive. Sure...

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 01:35

42. elitewolverine (Posts: 5076; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Actually it has, most recently when finding directions to a church for a grandparent.

My z3 using google maps kept giving me out of state locations, not even a single instate what if location. My 930 on the first try gave me the church and location.

Funny thing is, i didnt know the name of it, neither did my grandparent, they knew one word, and didnt know how to spell it at that.

In the end, google has not proven itself for me to use it over here. I have even downloaded here on all our samsungs at work.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 01:50 2

44. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Lol, all that means is nobody on Google maps has ever wanted to go to your church, where as some person has on Nokia Maps.

I could say the same for dozens of locations Nokia maps has failed or succeeded compared Google maps.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 18:34 2

16. muser793 (Posts: 57; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


as joe belfiore said it's not windows phone conference n they just showed some core new features. there will be more for sure. i'm using windows phone devices since HTC HD7, i tried other os's but came back to windows phone again. dunno if it's best os or not but it's really good n comparable to IOS n Android. hope to see new features soon :)

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 19:31 1

18. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Can't say anything that hasn't been already said...late pass...

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 19:48 1

22. GeekMovement (Posts: 2140; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Great to see this OS improving. I'm not exactly excited about the "real" background behind the tiles since it's pretty much covered up anyway, but seems like a feature everyone wanted.. I guess you could make the tiles transparent, but I'd imagine that the information/text would be more difficult to glance at (the busier the wallpaper). Nice to see anyway, looking forward to WP10 flagships.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 20:08 1

25. unklmik (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Dec 2014)


Pretty dissappointing. However, there is hope. Just want to see a new high end flagship before my old Lumia 925 croaks.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 20:30

28. Chuck007 (Posts: 1035; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Very neat!

Hopefully Apple doesn't blow everything out of the water again with the 6S so that I can finally transition to a full Windows ecosystem lol..

All my PCs will be running Windows 10 and I might pick up a new Surface for work too even though I have an iPad Air 2 that I'd keep for a couple of years.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 21:10 1

30. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


So tiles can be limited to start menu on desktop but are still forced on mobile, ugh.
That kills any chance of WP entirely for myself.

PC version I'll try on a business laptop as a upgrade..so any benefit of cross platform is only beneficial if you buy into tiles? That's what made them so popular versus iOS an Android so far.
I don't want no fisher price inspired speak an spell with day home assistant cortana glaring at me or yakking away. Good grief, integrate this MS!

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 23:24 5

35. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)


All Windows Fanboy should admit that iOS and Android are simply better than Windows CraPhone...Android 5.0 is fully customizable, gives you the better multitasking experience and lot smoother UI with Material Design, etc. And iOS is even better than Android!

Windows is great OS when it runs on laptop/desktop, but when it is on a phone... Uhh, no thanks.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 01:26 1

41. SIGPRO (Posts: 1371; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


ios is not customizable! I'll choose Windows any day above Android and ios!
Android is the most crappy os it still lags, had 3 phones and 1 tablet with Android started years ago with Honeycomb till Kit Kat, since I used Windows Phone I will never go back!

Did you ever used WP before? Sorry to say but Android is not smoother.
And no I am not a fanboy, because I have Android and Apple devices.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 01:37 1

43. elitewolverine (Posts: 5076; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I would choose a stable faster os over customizable any day.

Let me know when you can have 80+ widgets with live updates and no lag on your single home screen without swiping left or right to another home screen. Funny thing is, i can already do that, and not on android.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 11:21 3

54. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


First you don't have 80 of them, so shut up.

And second, take a trip to MS' own support forums who have loads of people complaining that live tiles stop updating because of typical windows cruft building over time. And the only solution for them is either to remove the tiles till they start updating again or factory reset.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 16:50 1

60. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


You'll never tell Microsoft fans any different, so save yourself the trouble. They either worship Gates or are on the payroll.

I stomached WP because of Nokia. The day the purchase was finalized, my daily driver became a Moto G. Best decision ever.

Netflix crashed all the time, the web browser would crash on bunch of mainstream sites, I'd play this game with a guy riding a cart in the mine and it would freeze and I'd have to pull the battery, Hotmail (HOTMAIL) would never load attachments. Windows Phone is a bad joke, but best of luck to those that use it (or worship it)...

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 02:24

46. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


And that's where you're wrong. If you have ever used a Windows Phone for a little while you'd see the UI is lightyears ahead Android and iOS in usability, fluidity and the overall experience. Why do you think WP users are the most satisfied of all groups?

I've had Android phones, had an iPhone 4s and 5c, and won't ever go back. After WP, Android feels like a cluttered, confused mess, and iOS feels so 2007.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 11:23 4

55. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Used one. Phone kept killing the launcher, had to wait for it to come back, messed up on adding music in that it wouldn't show up until rebooting, general lack of support for various apps.

Not bad, but certainly not for me. Never had issues of music not showing up on my music apps.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 13:03 1

58. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 243; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


I use a Nokia Lumia 1020 and I admit that that Android is far superior because...EVERYTHING but iOS is a different story, yes it has some features that WP doesn't have BUT to get iOS.....you need an iPhone...AND THAT TURNS ME OFF FOR MANY REASON. Mostly the hardware you get for the price.
But then again I just want a phone that works as a phone with basic features, and WP covers that for me, but since I'm also very interested in photography i chose the Lumia 1020. :D

Sorry for bad english....it's getting worse for some reason (Probably cuz of all the animes XD)

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 02:18

45. dzakwanrizaldi (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


i dont know why but this is my opinion that microsoft is trying to throw away the modern/metro UI? look windows ui now is more similiar to the general ios/android UI?

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 03:08

47. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


I dont see it. I actually see an even further departure from IOS and android than ever before. But I was looking for a more... Evolved phone experience.

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