Windows 10 ushers in a new generation of more personal computing across the broadest range of devices, from big screens to small screens, to no screens at all. Introducing innovations such as a new version of Cortana, a better web experience, a new suite of in-box apps, Windows 10 will also feature a fast, fluid and familiar experience on phones and smalls tablets to seamlessly interact with your PC.
We recently sat down with Chris Weber, Corporate Vice President of Sales for the Microsoft Mobile Devices group, to give us the low-down on how Windows 10 will make for a more customizable and intuitive Windows experience on your Lumia.
How will Windows 10 enhance my Lumia phone?
Basically, Windows 10 was designed with your Lumia phone in mind. Through Windows 10, we are bringing together the best Microsoft experiences in a beautiful, seamless – and familiar – way on your Windows devices.
For example, with the suite of in-box apps on Lumia, you have the ease of using Mail and Calendar on your phone as you would on your PC. You can easily work on PowerPoint presentations, edit Word documents and appreciate other rich functionality in Office, while you are on the go.
The same seamless integration can also be seen with Maps. Let’s say you searched for a place – maybe a new restaurant that your friends have been talking about – on your PC. The next time you are out and about, your search will also show up on your phone when you open Maps. With it, you can also access info such as driving directions to that restaurant, reviews and even the ability to reserve a table, all from the same app.
We are super-excited that Windows 10 will bring such unique experiences to today’s Lumia devices.
Should I buy a Lumia now?
There’s never been a better time than now to buy a Lumia! You have a choice of Lumia phones at different prices and capabilities to suit your needs, both personal and professional.
For example, you can get the budget-friendly Lumia 435, the selfie-happy Lumia 735, or the gorgeous gold-edition Lumia 930–and you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 as it becomes available. It’s the best of both worlds: amazing hardware right now, with a VIP pass to killer new software later this year.
Does that mean that today’s Lumia devices can be upgraded to Windows 10?
We’re making it as easy as possible to get Windows 10. Windows 10 has been designed to run well on today’s Lumia phones. Like any upgrade to a new platform, not every phone will upgrade or support all possible Windows 10 features, and certain features and experiences will require more advanced future hardware. Our goal is for the majority of the Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 to join the Windows ecosystem along with an expected hundreds of millions of PCs, tablets and other devices running the next generation of Windows.
Any last words on Windows 10?
We want the world to love Windows!
As Terry Myerson from the Windows team said yesterday, we don’t just want people to use Windows, we want them to be fans. Windows 10 will be an easy upgrade to the vast majority of people who use Windows PCs, tablets and phones today.
Windows 10 spans a range of devices to help you get to the things that are important to you regardless of whether you’re on your phone, holding your tablet, or sitting at your desk on your PC. No other platform scales a consistent experience, and importantly – your stuff – across the range of devices that Windows 10 does. So while we have focused on Lumia, keep in mind that Windows 10 embraces that notion that we use many different devices every day and our experiences span them seamlessly.
Our goal is that when you use a Lumia phone, work on a Surface tablet, play on the Xbox console, or collaborate with Surface Hub, you’ll enjoy the rich, beautiful experience of Windows and achieve more than you ever thought you could.
So stay tuned; we have some great stuff in the pipeline!