The evolution of Windows on mobile devices

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In its roughly six years of existence, the Windows Phone platform has undergone several major shifts, with each such change bringing the mobile and desktop operating systems closer together. Windows Phone 8, for example, was the first version to be based on the Windows NT kernel used in the desktop operating system; it was released in October 2012, the same time as Windows 8 for desktop PCs.

Windows Phone 8.1, released in mid-2014, introduced Cortana, the personal digital assistant, as well as the first wave of apps capable of sharing data and licensing between desktop and mobile platforms.

The first public release of Windows 10 for phones arrived as a Technical Preview in February 2015, a few months after the first desktop Windows 10 Technical Preview. That initial release supported only a handful of phones. Further preview releases, targeting a wider population of phones, arrived throughout the rest of the year.

In late 2015, several months after the release of Windows 10 for PCs, Microsoft released two flagship phones, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL (shown in Figure 14-1), with Windows 10 preinstalled. Several other manufacturers have announced support for the platform. The official release for other supported devices will be in early 2016.

Windows 10 Mobile drops the word Phone from the name. That’s not just a semantic distinction; instead, it reflects the intent for this operating system to power small tablets (with screen sizes under 8 inches measured diagonally), including models based on the same ARM processors used in phones and small tablets that run other operating systems. As of this writing, in early 2016, no such devices have been released.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all phones currently capable of running Windows Phone 8.1, although its availability on some devices might be limited by the mobile carrier or hardware manufacturer.

Source of Information : Microsoft Introducing Windows 10 For IT Professionals

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