Microsoft recently sent out press invites for its press event on January 21st to be held in Redmond, where the company is expected to formally reveal its Windows 10 operating system for the desktop platform. However, according to Verge Senior editor Tom Warren, Microsoft will not just be showing off its latest desktop OS, but also show its Windows 10 OS for smartphones and tablets.
The Windows 10 for Phone is expected to be a major new release and is rumored to arrive with a long list of new features. It could include a redesigned start screen, more homescreen customization options, side by side apps, update Office for Windows app, and other improvements. However, it does remain to be seen if it will be named Windows Phone 10 or something else. WMPowerUser seems to believe that the OS is likely to be called Windows Mobile 10. It is also expected that all Windows Phone 8.1 devices will receive a free upgrade to Windows Mobile 10 when it launches.
Recently a few leaked screenshots of Windows 10 for Phones have been leaked online, although none of them have been confirmed to be genuine so far. If they are indeed the real deal, it doesn’t look like Windows Mobile 10 could bring any major changes, at least as far as the UI design is concerned. The Yezz Billy 5S LTE was also unveiled at CES and is the first Windows Phone to be announced with the latest Windows Mobile 10 version. The announcement of the smartphone also confirms that Microsoft will indeed be showing off the latest version of its mobile operating system in two weeks.
Microsoft hasn’t really been able to enjoy the kind of success it was hoping to see when it first announced Windows Phone 7 in 2010. Over the years, Microsoft hasn’t quite managed to challenge Android and iOS in terms of market share and popularity. Windows Phone has been more or less stuck with a 2% market share over the past few quarters.