Microsoft is building itself up to become one of the leading contenders in the mobile market.

by Rey Beltran |

Those Windows Phone users (including me) are waiting with bated breath when the official Windows 10 for Phone will be released. As of this writing, there’s no specific date yet, except for the fact that all device running on Windows Phone 8.1 will be updated to Windows 10 soon. Microsoft has already been testing it via its Previews for Developers. At a press conference during the Mobile World Congress 2015, Microsoft hopes to update all the devices to the new platform by the end of 2015.

Rumors and speculation abound about what Windows 10 for phones is all about…until the technical preview was officially unveiled by Microsoft at MWC 2015. And it only whetted the appetite of Windows Phone users all over.

The first build of Windows 10 technical preview for phones features a taste of what’s to come for our beloved Windows-based cell phones.  As it is a work in progress, it is not yet stable and Microsoft has cautioned developers and fans to use discretion when installing. It is highly recommended that you have to have a backup phone just in case something happens.

Initially, the preview is available for Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 739, and 830. To install the preview, you have to download the Windows Insider App from the Windows Store.

Release Date

Windows 10 for desktop is expected to hit the market in the later part of 2015. It is expected that the phone version of the OS will be released around that time, too. But just so to satisfy the clamor, Windows 10 for phones is in its preview version so that testers and developers can sink their teeth into it and recommend further improvements before it’s actually fit for public use.

Windows 10 for Phone

What makes the public expectant is the fact that when Windows 10 for Phone is launched, upgrading your existing Windows devices running on Windows 8.1 for phone, is free within one year.

One for All, All for One

Note that Windows 10 for phones is an optimized version of Windows 10 for your handset.  So apps and other features on your desktop running on Windows 10 will look the same on your phone. Your phone will also get full versions of MSOffice—Word, Excel, Powerpoint , and all—that will run similarly as the desktop counterpart.

Settings and other features will also look and feel the same across all devices. Apps on your phone and on your desktop will be universal. Media like music, videos, games and more will also maintain one look, enabling you to switch between devices running on Windows.

watch out for part 2…