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

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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31 Comments

32. ZenMasta

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

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

29. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

27. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

nice !!

24. HelloMyNameIs

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

Agreed

20. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

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

18. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

23. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

31. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 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.

16. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Meh..

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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

12. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 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.

21. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 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.

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

11. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

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

14. mptripper

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

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

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

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

15. RajRicardo

Posts: 505; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

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

25. Phonecall01 unregistered

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

26. gehena1315

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

No still not, I would say..

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.

30. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 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

3. e8ght

Posts: 27; Member since: May 25, 2013

Looks neat!

2. madbmd

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

It looks like Android notification...

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

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

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

And settings menu looks identical to Android JB settings screen.

13. hemedans

Posts: 763; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

people nowadays almost forget about symbian

17. trnz007

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

agreed...

22. gehena1315

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

This new interface looks like Holo.

1. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Wonderful

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