Windows 10 preview for phones now available for select Lumia devices

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A preview of software giant Microsoft’s Windows 10 for phones has been made available on a number of Lumia devices.

Members of the Windows Insider Program can download the new operating system right now, with Microsoft calling for user feedback to help with the software.

Owners of a Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730 or 830 device can currently participate.

“This is the earliest publicly available preview we’ve ever done for Windows on phones,” wrote Microsoft’s Gabe Aul in a blog post.

“This preview is still very much under development and you’re going to see some rough edges. We’re sharing it with you so you can be with us at every step, and provide your feedback to help make this the best release ever – because it’s the one made for you.”

Microsoft has also released a YouTube video featuring vice-president Joe Belfiore that highlights the system’s new features. Perhaps most interestingly, notifications are now interactive, allowing users to quickly reply to text messages inline, for example.

The option to customise the start screen with a full-size background image has been added, while the number of quick actions available has been expanded to up to three rows. Speech-to-text capability has also been improved.

A companion video highlighting the desktop version of Windows 10 is also to be released.

Speaking last month, Microsoft’s executive president of Operating Systems Terry Myerson claimed Windows 10 won’t be just an operating system but one of the largest internet services on the planet.

Myerson revealed that the OS will also be designed to work with the internet of things (IoT) device revolution and will support universal apps that work with all devices, including Xbox One games consoles.

Microsoft image via Shutterstock

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