Microsoft previewed the next generation of its Windows operating system, dubbed Windows 10, at an event in San Francisco this week. While most of the Redmond company’s unveiling catered to the traditional desktop, it did share one bit of news pertinent to smartphone users: When it arrives next year, the update will encompass the next iteration of Windows Phone too. In other words, Windows 10 is the next version of not just its desktop OS, but its mobile one as well.
That’s to be expected, but it gets at where Microsoft is trying to position Windows 10 — the new platform has the company pushing its long-held dream of a unified OS harder than ever, with one app store, apps that work across devices types, and one development platform.
“Windows 10 will deliver the right experience on the right device at the right time,” claimed Windows head Terry Myerson in a blog post detailing the update. “It will be our most comprehensive platform ever.”
NotebookReview has more details on what the update will bring for desktop users, but for now Microsoft isn’t giving many specifics on how the whole setup will translate to smartphones. It’s also unclear whether the update will be called Windows Phone 10, or if it’ll remove the “Windows Phone” moniker entirely, as previously rumored. Instead, the company only noted that the new mobile UI won’t feature the OS’s desktop mode, and that it’ll take after the revamped touch-based UI that was briefly showcased today.
Details on Windows 10’s pricing and release plans are also staying under wraps for the time being, so expect more info on what the future of Windows Phone will look like in the coming months. In the meantime, select PC users can check out a Technical Preview of the new OS starting today.