Windows 10 technical preview for Phones now available to download. Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is here today but it's far from being finished. In fact, it's fairly similar to your current phone (assuming you have Windows Phone 8.1) - just a little rougher around the edges and with a lot more potential to grow. Join the Windows Insider Programme to make sure you get all the new features that are on the way. If you're okay with a moving target and don't want to miss out on the latest stuff, keep reading. Technical Preview could be just your thing.
|Windows 10 technical preview for Phones now available to download|
Technical Preview vs. Developer Preview
Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones gives you a sneak peek at Windows 10 for phones. If you're interested in getting the latest software updates to Windows Phone 8.1, use Developer Preview for Windows Phone 8.1 instead.
Download and install the preview only if you
+ Aren't installing it on your primary phone. If you have a back-up phone, that's a perfect candidate for Technical Preview.
+ Want to try out software that’s still in development and like sharing your opinion about it.
+ Don't mind lots of updates or a UI design that might change significantly over time.
+ Really know your way around Windows Phone and feel comfortable troubleshooting problems, backing up data or restoring your original operating system if something goes wrong.
Things to keep in mind
Unexpected phone crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything. Some hardware - like Bluetooth speakers - might not work, and some apps might not install or work correctly. You might also have trouble connecting to home or corporate networks.
What does it work with?
See all the phones that are supported by Technical Preview. Microsoft working to get more Windows Phone models supported worldwide. Download the Windows Insider app, and when your phone is supported you'll be able to sign in with the same Microsoft account you used to join the Windows Insider Programme. Windows 10 Technical Preview currently works with the following phones - as long as they have at least 8 GB of storage and Windows Phone 8.1 was already installed on the phone at the time of purchase:
Supported phones for Windows 10 Technical Preview: Lumia 630, Lumia 635, Lumia 636, Lumia 638, Lumia 730, Lumia 830.
What features are missing in Technical Preview?
+ Messaging is currently missing a number of features you might use in Windows Phone 8.1, including dual-SIM support, search, message drafts, sharing voice notes and ringtones, Bi-Di language support, international assisted dialling, spam filter, viewing all group recipients, reminders and quiet hours through Cortana, multiple attachments and GSM support. If you use these features regularly, you'll want to wait to install the preview until we get them into a future build.
+ Cortana is only available in English (United States) for phones. In other locales, you'll get the standard search experience.
+ The Rooms feature is not available in the preview. You'll still be able to get to your photo albums, calendars and notes, either on the web or by using other apps on your phone. You won't be able to see your chat history or send or receive any new chats. If you have important info in your Rooms chats that you want to keep, save a copy to a different device before updating your phone to Technical Preview. For more info, take a look at the Rooms FAQ.
+ Some text in the preview will not yet have been translated into all available languages and will only appear in English. This text will be translated into all available languages by the time the final product is available.
+ The Phone app doesn't have Dual SIM support or spam filtering in the preview.
Back up and restore
For instructions on backing up your phone before installing Technical Preview, or to learn how to restore your phone back to Windows Phone 8.1, see Back up and restore.