Following the unveiling of Windows 10, Microsoft’s Chris Weber has discussed how the operating system will interact and benefit Lumia devices.
Speaking to Lumia Conversations, the corporate vice president of sales for the Microsoft Mobile Devices group explained how Windows 10 has been developed with Lumia Phones in mind.
“Through Windows 10, we are bringing together the best Microsoft experiences in a beautiful, seamless – and familiar – way on your Windows devices,” he said. “For example, with the suite of in-box apps on Lumia, you have the ease of using Mail and Calendar on your phone as you would on your PC. You can easily work on PowerPoint presentations, edit Word documents and appreciate other rich functionality in Office, while you are on the go.”
Weber explained that the same level of seamless integration is available in Maps, and that searches carried out on PCs will show on Lumia phones the next time a user opens their Maps application.
Customers who purchase the Lumia 435, Lumia 735 or Lumia 930 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 as it becomes available, and Weber stressed that the aim was to make it as easy as possible for Lumia users to get Windows 10.
“Like any upgrade to a new platform, not every phone will upgrade or support all possible Windows 10 features, and certain features and experiences will require more advanced future hardware,” he said. “Our goal is for the majority of the Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 to join the Windows ecosystem along with an expected hundreds of millions of PCs, tablets and other devices running the next generation of Windows.”
Weber also explained that going forward, the aim is not just for people to use Windows, but be real fans of what it offers.
“Windows 10 spans a range of devices to help you get to the things that are important to you regardless of whether you’re on your phone, holding your tablet, or sitting at your desk on your PC,” Weber said. “No other platform scales a consistent experience, and importantly – your stuff – across the range of devices that Windows 10 does. So while we have focused on Lumia, keep in mind that Windows 10 embraces that notion that we use many different devices every day and our experiences span them seamlessly.”
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