Microsoft is working hard on the next iteration of Windows, now collectively called Windows 10 and has promised that device owners won’t be left in the lurch. Not only will Windows 10 be the best version to date, it’s also going to be an upgrade option for all Windows Phone 8 devices. This promise extends to all Windows Phone 8 handsets, so even if you have a launch HTC Windows Phone 8X, you’ll still get the upgrade.
Its all a part of the plan by Microsoft to get their mobile platforms up to date and in sync with what’s happening on the desktop, tablet, Xbox One, big touch and notebook form factors. Although Windows 10 no longer shares the philosophy of a shared user interface across all devices, the Modern UI design has matured to a point where it not only makes some sense, but it’s also a unique selling point in the mobile market.
@Kalars07 We plan to upgrade all Windows Phone 8 devices to Windows 10 in the future 🙂
— Lumia (@lumia) November 13, 2014
That’s quite a drastic change from what Microsoft did to the Windows Phone market back in 2011, announcing that all devices running Windows Phone 7.8 would not be eligible to update to Windows Phone 8.0, which was sharing a kernel with the Windows 8 desktop OS for the first time. Windows 10 continues along the same path laid down by Windows 8/8.1 and will be available sometime in October 2015, so making this announcement a little early is probably a good idea to keep Windows Phone users from jumping across to other mobile platforms as their upgrades allow them to get new devices.
Windows 10 is currently in an open beta known as the Windows Technical Preview and is open all all members of the public who register their interest with Microsoft on their website and download the ISO to install the OS. Some of the changes in Windows 10 are welcome and game-changing, such as a built-in virtual desktop switcher, having Modern UI apps appear in windowed mode on the desktop and doing away with the Start Screen for a redesigned, smarter and more customisable Start Menu.
Windows 10 isn’t ready for prime time just yet, so installing it as your daily driver might not be such a great idea if your work is mission-critical. However, putting it on a spare machine or installing it in a virtual machine for testing is a great way to get to grips with how things are going to change and allows users to submit feedback directly to the Windows development team through the Feedback app.