Microsoft has issued a Windows 10 Technical Preview update for smartphones that includes the new Project Spartan browser.
Kyle Pflug, programme manager for Project Spartan, confirmed the new build for Windows 10 in a blog post, explaining that like the recent desktop release it will support Project Spartan and the existing Internet Explorer (IE) software.
“This build, like last week's desktop build, is a very early look at software that we’re actively developing. You'll still find IE 11 as the default browser in this preview,” he wrote.
However, this will change in the future. “In a later update, Project Spartan will be the only browser included on Windows phones,” said Pflug.
The latest Windows 10 build for smartphones also includes new Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar apps.
“These new apps bring a fresh UI, with a toggle to freely move between your email and calendar without returning to the Start screen,” said Gabe Aul, head of the Windows Insider programme.
As well as this, there are new phone and messaging apps that include new features and an improved design. A People app offers an improved way to manage contacts from across multiple sources such as Exchange, Outlook.com, Gmail, Facebook and so forth.
Microsoft has also issued a new maps app and a way to switch between apps, which includes an update for large-screen phones.
“We’ve added support for landscape when invoked from an app being viewed in landscape. For large phones like the Lumia 1520, we’ve introduced a new grid layout so you can be more efficient at switching between apps,” added Aul.
Microsoft hopes that the new features in Windows 10 for smartphones will widen its appeal, as it is far behind rivals Android and Apple for smartphone market share.
Furthermore, on the desktop side, Microsoft has begun prepping its user base for an upgrade to Windows 10. A recent software update for Windows 7 and 8.1 contains a tool that will enable people to upgrade to Windows 10 when it arrives.
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