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Microsoft has made the important decision of switching all its mobile devices from using Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. This version of Windows 10 will be made to fit mobile devices, so Microsoft will not just copy over the desktop version. A handful of developers will be granted access to the first build of Microsoft’s newest mobile OS, and word is they can get their hands on it as early as February. However, the rest of people that want to try out the new OS will have to wait until sometime later next year, an official date not being discloses yet. Just like the desktop version of the operating system, the build number will jump from 8.1 to 10,taking a possible mobile Windows 9 out of the equation. With this exciting new update on the way, let’s take a look at what  Windows 10 will offer and attempt to improve from its predecessor.

Cross – Platform Communication

Microsoft is attempting with this new mobile OS to bridge any gap between mobile devices and PC’s and tablets, meaning that you will be able to do a lot of the same things on both types of devices simultaneously, such as communicate through Skype while one party is using a phone and the other is using a PC or tablet.

Interface Changes

With Windows 10 for mobile devices, Microsoft is giving users new visual features while maintaining a lot of the things brought in previous versions, making it not so different in terms of looks from Windows 8.1.

Windows 10 will have its apps split between the start menu, where you will be able to customize and set your most used apps and daily programs in a way that is easy for you, so they are ready to go whenever you need, while keeping and apps menu, which will display the rest of apps which you don’t use as frequently, or just don’t want to see on a daily basis. While in the past Live Tiles came with a predetermined color, or in later versions the ability to have their own custom background, Windows 10 will have transparent Live Tiles which will not interfere visually with the screen background, but rather let you enjoy it even more.

App Updates

The Windows 10 OS update will include the update, rebranding and merging of multiple known Nokia apps, all for the better. Starting with the new OS, all Nokia phones will include the Nokia Camera app, which until now was available only on Lumia phones.

Now it will be the standard app for all devices, the same as the HERE app, which is was rebranded some time ago from Nokia Maps, being of course, a maps app. It will allow the download of maps so that users can navigate in offline mode and not get lost when the internet connection disappears.

The messaging features on Windows 10 will include Microsoft’s staple messaging app, Skype, also giving it the ability to be used instead of the text message app for communicating between Nokia phones, similar to how Apple allows messages to be sent through their iMessage app between iPhones. Speaking of texting, there is another small feature added that might be far more popular than its size leads people into thinking it to be, and specifically the keyboard joystick. This is a little joystick that was added to the phone’s digital keyboard, which will allow for faster and more accurate corrections when it comes to sending messages. Internet Explorer also says goodbye, being replaced by a completely new browser, allegedly created on a new engine, that has Cortana and social sharing integration, so you can stay connected all the time.