Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones now available

Good news, Windows Phone fans, the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones arrives today. Microsoft had previously promised us that the preview would be available in February, though it never gave us a specific date. Today, Microsoft’s engineering GM, Gabriel Aul, tweeted late on Thursday lunch time that the technical preview for phones is arriving today.

Microsoft gave us a little sneak peek of what Windows 10 will look like on smartphones and tablets at last month’s Windows 10 preview event. We also saw some leaked screenshots showing us what the preview will look like. Confusingly, though Microsoft is ditching the Windows Phone brand, the company is not running one OS across all platforms. Instead, there’ll be one version of Windows for PCs and tablets larger than eight inches (including 2-in-1s) and a second version that will run on smaller tablets and phones.


Microsoft told us last month that Action Center will now be synched across your phone and PC along with Settings. We’ve also been told to expect deeper Skype integration, the ability to reposition the keyboard, and universal apps that function the same way on mobile as they do on desktop. More information about Windows 10 on phones will come as users work through the preview version of the OS, which should go live around 10:00am Pacific Time.

Microsoft has said that only users of the Lumia 630, Lumia 635, Lumia 636, Lumia 638, Lumia 730, or Lumia 830 will be able to run the preview. The phone will had to have shipped with Windows 8.1 and users will need at least 8GB of storage. Download the Windows Insider app to get started.