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.