Microsoft is well known for releasing new software for preview prior to the full release. Windows 10 is no exception, and as they work towards full PC, phone and tablet integration, they have decided to do that release earlier than ever before. You can now preview the OS upgrade for your Windows based smartphone through their Windows Insider Program.
The blog post addressing the release make it pretty clear why they are launching the preview so soon. They are asking for feedback, so users can be with them “every step of the way”. This is a rather cautionary measure that isn’t surprising. There have been a number of stumbling blocks along the way with Windows (we all know the versions no one likes, Windows 8 included).
With Satya Nadella now at the helm, and coming off of the confusing and ill-advised restructuring that acted as the final nail in the coffin of former CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft is throwing themselves back into the ring, hard.
They are already taking the lead in the world of innovative technologies, such as their incredible Project HoloLens. They are releasing Windows Band to take advantage of the fitness tech craze. XBox One is expanding to include new ideas, like the prototype of RoomAlive.
But none of this is the bread and butter for Microsoft. Their primary service has and always will be their unique operating system, which has become a standard for those who prefer greater functions than OSX, and more user friendly installation and use than Linux. With full integration being the goal of Nadella’s Microsoft, the acceptance of Windows 10 is tantamount.
Taking Advantage of the Preview
If you want to get on board and check out Windows 10 early, you can do so with these devices:
- Lumia 630
- Lumia 635
- Lumia 636
- Lumia 638
- Lumia 730
- Lumia 830
Sign up for Windows Insider Program, and register to receive builds as over air updates. Each time a new build is released, you will receive it. You can test out features, and if you encounter problems you alert the engineers. All known bug problems are already listed on the site, so you can watch out for what is already being fixed, or verify that you are also experiencing the problem.
They also have a list of workarounds for some of the problems that have been found, so you will still be able to use many of the features experiencing issues.