As Microsoft celebrates the launch of Windows 10, its latest operating system for mainstream computing devices and embedded platforms, the company has hinted at a November launch for its smartphone-centric brother Windows 10 Mobile.
The replacement for Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile - a return to an older naming convention, which replaced Windows CE successor Windows PocketPC in 2003 - is due to bring a raft of improvements, including a convergence system which will follow in the footsteps of Apple's iOS and OS X in allowing tasks to be switched quickly and seamlessly between mobile and desktop platforms. While Windows 10 for tablets, laptops, convertibles and desktops is available from today, though, Microsoft has been surprisingly quiet about a launch schedule for Windows 10 Mobile - until now.
In an interview with iAfrica
, Anthony Doherty of Microsoft South Africa claimed that the mobile operating system is likely to launch in a 'November timeframe
,' though suggested that this was not set in stone. Doherty also defended his company's decision to develop software, like the Office productivity suite, for rival platforms: 'The idea is that we want to make sure that people get access to the toolsets they prefer and love, across any ecosystem. That's been our strategy all along,
' Doherty claimed. ' The perception is 'oh, but you kinda develop for Android and iOS now and you haven't done for (Windows) Phone'. Well, the phone product's not code-complete yet. The platform's not code-complete.
Windows 10 for traditional systems is to be freely available to all Windows 7 and higher users for a year from today, and Microsoft has suggested it will receive support and updates for the next decade. No firm details about which Windows Phone devices will receive the upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile have yet been released, although those which are supported in the Windows 10 Mobile beta programme
are a fair bet to get the update.