Microsoft has finally revealed what Windows 10 will look like on mobile devices. Simply referred to as “Windows 10 for phones and small tablets”, the interface still resembles Windows Phone; albeit with a few changes.
The biggest change would be the closer integration with the PC version of Windows 10, some of which is done through the much awaited “Universal apps”. If a user is signed into the same account across PC, tablet and smartphone, all information is sync and shared. This includes things like notifications, lists of recent documents, and created music playlists from the new music app. Ideally, there will be more universal apps as Windows 10 draws nearer to a full release.
Microsoft has also changed the mobile Windows 10 notification centre to resemble the desktop version, which serves to reinforce the idea what this will be a single unified user experience. Newly installed apps are given a more prominent place in the app launcher, reducing the need to go hunting through the list for them. Cortana also makes a return, bringing more cross platform integration with her.
Finally, Universal apps will apparently change interface according to the device they are being used on. Microsoft demonstrated how its Office productivity suite will look on a smartphone, tablet, and desktop. Office notably looks like the Android and iOS version, and Microsoft is implying that they will only have the basic functions that were brought to those platforms.
Microsoft has also indicated that several Windows 10 apps will also be appearing on the Xbox One. To which, we can only say that the company should think about officially bringing the console to our country.
[Source: Ars Technica]