Microsoft is aiming to open up its Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones to support a broader range of handsets, although testers may be disappointed that the full list still appears to comprise only Lumia devices.
The software giant made available the first build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones on February 12th, restricting it to just a handful of devices that were known to be able to handle the test version of the platform. These were all Lumia phones that had a large enough partition size to install it.
With the next "flight" of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, Microsoft will widen support to a broader range of over 30 different handsets, although these still appear to all be Lumia models from Nokia, now itself part of Microsoft.
Writing on the Windows Blog, Microsoft's director of programme management for the Windows Fundamentals team Gabe Aul explained that his team has been working on a capability called "partition stitching" that would allow for dynamic resizing of the system partition on a Windows Phone handset, enabling the Windows 10 preview code to run on more devices.
"The partition stitching feature code came into our main code branch late last week. The Storage and Filesystems Team had been working on this in their branch and it passed all of their quality evaluations," Aul said.
Microsoft has since been testing out the code prior to release, and Aul said that "this testing will allow us to support A LOT more phones for the next flight. I get a ton of questions every day on Twitter about when your favourite phones will be usable, and I'm happy to report that the vast majority will be supported with the next flight."
However, he said that there is still work to do to validate individual phones, and that testing may throw up device-specific bugs leading to specific handsets being pulled from the list of supported devices.
As with the pre-release versions of Windows 10 for PCs and tablets, the Technical Preview for phones is only available to download by testers who have signed up as part of the Windows Insider programme.
Windows 10 will be Microsoft's first release to offer the same core platform across PCs, tablets and phones, along with a unified app ecosystem that will enable developers to build universal apps to run across the whole spectrum of devices.
Windows 10 is still set to launch this summer, according to the latest hints from Microsoft.
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