I’ve been running windows 10 as my primary desktop now since the first insider build, switching out with Manjaro 0.9 occasionally. My impressions are generally good, though I was not among the haters of Windows 8/8.1 and I can say that for the first time Microsoft has nailed the in place upgrade. This, I suspect is the biggest reason users don’t upgrade Operating Systems: fear of losing their data. Not stability issues, driver issue, peripheral component issues. Simply an unwillingness to wipe a system and get it back up and running. This has never been a fear of mine. The same OS rarely gets 2 weeks on my laptop before switching to something “other”. But I understand that for most, the pc is simply a tool, a vehicle to get from one point to another on the interweb.
WHere I want to try something different here is using windows 10 with my newly purchased Lumia 1020 (Nokia 909). It showed up today running windows 8 and I immediately ran the updates to get it onto Denim, the latest win 8 phone build. I then installed the windows insider app and selected the fast track. I am now installing Windows Technical Preview for phones (10.0.1066.0) to see how the desktop and phone versions interact. In the few Hours I have had the phone so far I have come to enjoy the Nokia build quality, the color (yellow), and most wonderfully, the ability to uninstall the AT&T apps that shipped with it. That last feature requiring unlocking, rooting and custom roms on my many Android Devices. A mention of the insane 41 megapixel camera is also called for. Sitting in my car I took a shot out the window of the van in front of me and was able to zoom in clearly on a sticker on its bumper that I couldn’t make out, even with glasses on. The detail is extraordinary.
So with windows 10 preview on the phone it mounts up on the win 10 desktop easily. If you have a windows account on both devices, syncing data is very simple. Herein of course is the catch 22, You need to be both a win 10 and win phone 10 user to make best use of this. The question is how to pick up adoption of windows phone. The interface is nice and simple the phone is quick. I’m going to peruse the app selection next to see what the problem is.