Windows Phone 8.1 to Reach Consumers in A Few Months
Microsoft today said that Windows Phone 8.1 will first be available on brand new smartphones in late April or early May. Windows Phone 8.1 will be distributed to existing devices "in a few months," according to Microsoft's Joe Belfiore. As always, the timing of Windows Phone 8.1's release to existing hardware will depend on region, carrier, and device.
Windows 10 On Phones Can Be Extended to PCs
Microsoft today demonstrated how Windows 10 on phones will be able to serve as full PCs thanks to the Continuum user interface idea. Continuum helps keep the UI approximately the same as users move from PC to tablet to phone.
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore Taking Leave of Absence
Joe Belfiore, one of the chief driving forces behind Windows Phone, is taking a break from his job at Microsoft. Belfiore plans to take a leave of absence from November through mid-2016, during which time he will be focusing on his family.
Windows 10 Won't Reach Phones Until the Fall
Microsoft has shied away from saying exactly when Windows 10 will launch other than to say "this summer." Speaking at Microsoft's Build developer conference this week, executive Joe Belfiore said the phone-specific version of Windows 10 won't arrive until after Windows 10 launches for PCs and tablets. "Our phone builds have not been as far as long as our PC builds," said Belfiore.
Low-End Lumias to Get Stripped Down Windows 10
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore said on his Twitter account that entry-level Windows Phones may not get all the features of Windows 10. "We are working on Win10 for 512MB, including 520.