Windows 10 vs Windows 8.1: The changes so far in pictures

Windows 10 vs Windows 8.1: The changes so far in pictures
Nobody knows for certain what the future holds for Microsoft in mobile, especially now that the company has essentially admitted that buying Nokia was a blunder that cost it nearly 8 billion dollars. And yet, development of Windows 10 is still going strong, and with it fans of the software giant's mobile operating system will have something to talk about for a long time to come.

We're not quite there yet, though. Windows 10 for mobile is still in beta, and access to it is reserved for the adventurous at heart. Months ago, we added a new resident device to our list — the Lumia 635 — in order to keep track of what's new, and we're finally ready to reveal some of the changes. Why the delay? Well, for a long time, the beta program just didn't work for us, and despite a number of emails sent to Microsoft, we never were given assistance figuring the problem out. Thankfully, the issue resolved itself (well, not really, but carry on) with time, and we were finally able to flash the beta software on the 635.

Rocking the 10136.0 build, it's worth pointing out that we're a step behind — the newer version simply won't install for us, no matter what. But since we've been sitting on a ton of screenshots for what feels like forever now, we decided to just go ahead and show you what's changed already. Quite frankly, even obtaining these wasn't easy, as the software is all kinds of unstable and crashes/hangs almost every other minute. That's normal, of course, given its beta status, but it again explains why we took our sweet while.

No more rambling, though. Let's take a look:

Windows 10 always on the left; Windows 8.1 always on the right.



1. EngleBertZombie

Posts: 36; Member since: May 22, 2015

the changes are subtle but i like it. tho i hope ill be able to change the home screen back to the old ui style cause i like that better, the clear tiles are a meh.

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2. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Although the changes is not enough to make me chose WP 10 over iOS or Android, WP10 does look better than 8.1 and Microsoft is going in the right direction. I'm more interested in Win10 for desktop, and cant wait to upgrade my Surface Pro 3.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Exactly. I won't be changing from either the iPhone or Android but I am very excited about getting Windows 10 on my desktop.

34. illbeonthebeach

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

same here.. I won't be changing my phone.

3. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Small steps in the right direction, but not attractive enough to make me switch from Android.

5. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Finally, the UI is somewhat comparable to iOS/Android. I like the subtle changes. That horrid black really needs to go though. Looks far too dated imho.

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

At this stage, I still prefer the Windows Phone 8.1 UI design. It's unique in comparison to other platforms. I might change my mind in the upcoming months though.

10. Bondurant

Posts: 781; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Need to get the notification center redesigned before release. Looks garbage currently. Rest of it looks great to decent.

12. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Poor PA can't afford or find a phone that runes the newer version like the reviewed phones you never get your hands on.

13. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Is it just me or this looks like it's inspired by Material Design?

14. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Its just you material design was in fact inspired by Windows Phone.

30. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Really? I don't really see much resemblance there, although the UI did go flat.

26. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

RLY...shaking my head, ios (ios7+) and android (material design) were inspired by ms's metro design...

15. checkmymike

Posts: 219; Member since: Dec 28, 2011


16. NateAdam8

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Can't wait to give Windows 10 Mobile a try, Been waiting awhile for its official release date.

17. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Looks nice, I like the design. I might consider a Windows Phone flagship for my next handset.

18. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

I like some but also hate some.

19. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Tiles will never cut it for me. Sorry.

20. gaming64 unregistered

The only thing I hate is how horrendous the UI is compared to its desktop counterpart.

21. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Omg.. It's like black & white Android ( mix of material design & jelly bean).

31. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Material design was in turn inspired by a previous version of Windows Phone.

23. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

It looks good, but it's starting to look like Android (before lollipop), and that's unfortunate as one of the biggest differentiators of Windows Phone was it's stunning and unique look.

24. LessThanDoug

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Music player control changes suck as does the movement of the browser address bar. It's in the perfect place at the bottom for ergonomics.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

its at the bottom has been in the latest build. MS listened and changed it. The new Music ui is really really good actually in latest build. This was a lazy picture post.

27. ricmdv

Posts: 28; Member since: May 02, 2015

Unless the screen the new WP's use is AMOLED I don't see the point of all the black and blue, it's a little depressing to look at.

28. srgonu

Posts: 548; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Alarm and clock menus copied from my note edge :)

29. gaming64 unregistered

Or from iOS

32. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Is that it? The changes are mostly cosmetic. It also seems that M$ is moving away from side-swiping to go to the next screen and using buttons to switch screens (e.g. clock, dialer, settings, calender etc...). This isn't worth all the fuzz! WTH have they all that time been doing in Redmond apart from re-designing icons?

33. ppoojavermaa

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Microsoft is announced to gift Windows 10 to all Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users. I have reserved for my free upgrade. Now I am awaiting for it.

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