Microsoft has released a new build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, and disclosed that the shipping code will not be delivered at the same time as Windows 10 for the PC. Instead, it is set to arrive sometime later in the year.
Announced this week, the new build adds support for further Lumia handsets and the beta of the new-look Windows Store, enabling testers to download software such as the Universal Office apps.
Writing on the Windows blog, Microsoft's head of the Windows Insider programme, Gabe Aul, broke the news that the phone version of Windows 10 will not arrive at the same as the PC version, which is expected by the end of July.
"Because we're treating Windows more like a service, this allows us to release Windows 10 on different devices and customers at different times. For phones, Windows 10 will arrive later this year - both on new devices and upgrades for existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices," he said.
Build 10080 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones has been released to testers on the Windows Insider programme who have opted for the ‘fast ring', which delivers the latest updates that may not be as stable as ‘slow ring' updates delivered on a less frequent basis.
Among the new features added in this build is a first look at the new Windows Store in Windows 10 for phones, which boasts a new visual design similar to that seen on the Windows Store beta in the PC preview of Windows 10.
Microsoft announced at its Build developer conference last month that Windows Store will support business payment methods like purchase orders, as well as carrier billing, enabling users to pay for app downloads and other purchases through their mobile bill on all Windows devices including phones. However, carrier billing is not currently enabled.
With the Windows Store beta in place, users will be able to download apps, including the preview versions of the Word, Excel (pictured above), PowerPoint and OneNote Universal Office apps, which Microsoft detailed back in January.
Also added in this build are new or improved apps, including an overhauled Camera app, a preview of an enhanced Now Playing music app and video player app, while the Xbox app for Windows 10 can now be downloaded from the Windows Store.
Aul also said that the new build now supports the Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, Lumia 640 and Lumia 640XL, and a non-Lumia phone for the first time in the shape of the HTC One M8 for Windows.
Earlier this week, Microsoft disclosed the Windows 10 Editions from which customers will be able to choose.
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