With Windows 10 for desktop nearing release, Microsoft has begun shifting focus towards Windows 10 Mobile. Let’s take a look at this past week and see what big Windows 10 Mobile news story took place in a feature we like to call “Windows 10 Mobile news recap.”
Earlier this week we learned that the Redmond-based company is expected to launch a new flagship Windows 10 Mobile handsets in the coming months, possibly at the IFA 2015 in Berlin, but it seems there are more handsets in the pipeline running the new operating system. Evan Blass, also popularly known as @evleaks, revealed there are six new Windows Phone handsets which will see the light of the day in the coming months. He didn’t go into much details about the handsets, but we can take this with a pinch of salt considering the good reputation of @evleaks when it comes to unannounced products. Rumor also has it the upcoming Windows 10 Mobile flagships might be called the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL.
During the Worldwide Partner Conference keynote this past week, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson confirmed that new handsets were on the way. “Last week we announced a focusing on our Lumia lineup, but let me be clear: soon you will see premium new Lumias designed for Windows 10,” Myerson stated. This co-insides with what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an interview with ZDNet. Nadella argued that Microsoft is not leaving the mobile market, rather the company will focus on a few phones that can showcase the uniqueness of Windows 10. During his interview, Nadella showed an awareness of Windows Phone’s low market share and expressed his interest in taking steps to make it unique so it will “actually grab [market] share.”
This past week, Microsoft pushed out and update to the Windows Store app in the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview. In this update to the Store includes new options in the hamburger menu and suggestions from search. The hamburger menu now has options for View Account, Payment Options, and Redeem a Code. However, these are not complete, as when a user touches one of the new options, the Store tries to open irrelevant pages in Microsoft Edge. Microsoft also updated a number of Windows 10 Mobile core apps this past week, including Windows Camera, MSN Weather, MSN Money, Microsoft Photos, Outlook Mail, Outlook Calendar, Groove Music, and Voice Recorder. These app updates mostly focus on bug fixes and various improvements.
Stay tuned for yet another exciting week of Windows 10 news!