Windows 10 Mobile: See Today, Try In February - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Mobile // Mobile Devices
11:07 AM
Connect Directly

Windows 10 Mobile: See Today, Try In February

Microsoft will showcase its Windows 10 mobile operating system on Jan. 21, but smartphone users will likely wait until February for the consumer preview.

 Windows 10: 7 Predictions Of What's Next
Windows 10: 7 Predictions Of What's Next
(Click image for larger view and slideshow.)

Microsoft's first major event of 2015 is slated for later today as the company plans to detail its upcoming Windows 10 operating system. In addition, the company is planning to show off some parts of its new Windows mobile OS, but users will have to wait until February to try it out.

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reported on Tuesday that Microsoft will unveil the new Windows mobile OS today but will not release the first consumer preview of the system until February. The technical preview for Windows 10 for desktops will likely be released at the same time.

"The first public release of the Windows 10 mobile SKU -- which sources have said will work on both Windows Phones and smaller Intel- and ARM-based tablets -- won’t happen until sometime in February 2015," Foley wrote.

Although Microsoft officials declined to comment on the preview availability date, Foley seems confident in her source’s information. 

[ More predictions for Microsoft’s Jan. 21 event. ]

Recent reports note that the highlight of today’s event will be the unified "core" platform on which Windows 10 will run. Also known as "OneCore," the platform will work across Microsoft devices including PCs, phones, tablets, large-screen machines, and Xbox.

Foley writes that according to her sources, OneCore extends beyond the common OS kernel of Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 and "also includes the dynamic link libraries (DLLs), [an] application platform layer, and other pieces of the operating system."

Developers for Windows 10 can create apps for this core environment, which will be available in a single Windows app store for a range of screen sizes. The OneCore platform does not imply a single Windows SKU; rather, there will be multiple Windows 10 variants for various devices and screen sizes.

Other recent reports indicate that Microsoft will unveil a "phone-laptop hybrid" product for enterprise customers and the touch-first version for Office for Windows. It is expected to release a preview for the touch-first software, which will have core code for Windows 10 and Windows 10 mobile devices, in February with a full release later this year.

Attend Interop Las Vegas, the leading independent technology conference and expo series designed to inspire, inform, and connect the world's IT community. In 2015, look for all new programs, networking opportunities, and classes that will help you set your organization’s IT action plan. It happens April 27 to May 1. Register with Discount Code MPOIWK for $200 off Total Access & Conference Passes.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Ninja
1/22/2015 | 1:38:18 PM
Windows 10
Let's stop drop and think for one moment, if the apps developed for windows mobile 8.1 would be compatible with the windows 10 and if the apps in windows 10 mobile would be back compatible with the windows mobile 8.1. Microsoft seems to be really hyping things up for smartphone users. If done correctly, sales of the Microsoft Lumia can grow after february.
CIOs Face Decisions on Remote Work for Post-Pandemic Future
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  2/19/2021
11 Ways DevOps Is Evolving
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  2/18/2021
CRM Trends 2021: How the Pandemic Altered Customer Behavior Forever
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  2/18/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
Flash Poll