Microsoft has announced that the first build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is available now. Microsoft cautions users that the software is not complete yet and “has rough edges”, and that “you will see experiences that are clearly just not done yet, and UX that lacks polish at this point.”

The new features demonstrated include:

  • Full-size Background Image for Start: customize the start screen with a full-size background image.
  • More Quick Actions in Action Center: up to three rows of notification actions.
  • Interactive Notifications:  interactive notifications, allowing you to take action directly like dismissing an alarm, or seeing images for maps.
  • Significantly enhanced speech-to-text capability: You can talk to virtually any data field you choose. Your words show up as you speak them – and punctuation appears automatically.  This feature is smart enough to understand when to use ‘two’ – the number — instead of ‘too’ as in ‘also’.
  • More powerful Photos app: Photos will show the aggregated set of all your local photos and all your OneDrive photos

For people interested in trying this release, the following phones are currently supported

  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 830

The following languages are supported

  • Arabic (Saudi Arabia)Catalan (Spain)
  • Czech (Czech Republic)
  • Dutch (Netherlands)
  • English (UK)
  • English (US)
  • Finnish (Finland)
  • French (Canada)
  • French (France)
  • German (Germany)
  • Hindi (India)
  • Italian (Italy)
  • Japanese (Japan)
  • Korean (Korea)
  • Polish (Poland)
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian (Russia)
  • Simplified Chinese (China)
  • Spanish (Spain)Spanish (Mexico/LatAm)
  • Swedish (Sweden)
  • Thai (Thailand)
  • Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
  • Turkish (Turkey)
  • Vietnamese (Vietnam)

A number of issues exist in this technical preview, including the following (source: Microsoft)

Issue Workaround
Existing alarms will not be migrated to Windows 10 Reset alarms after upgrade
Wi-Fi settings don’t roam when phone is upgraded to Windows 10 Manually set Wi-Fi settings when on Windows 10
VPN not available in current Windows 10 builds. Setting will fail to launch. Coming in a future update
Additional language keyboards may not be present and may not be able to install on US builds after upgrading to Windows 10 Reopen the Windows Insider app and re-select Insider Fast/Slow again. The download of keyboard packages will then work
Photos app will fail to launch periodically when attempting to add a photo attachment to an email, OneNote or Facebook item. Try again. Succeeds after a few attempts.
Quiet Hours is missing the automatic rule that enables Quiet hours during calendar appointments marked busy. Also the setting “Anyone breaks through if they call 2 times in 3 minutes” us unchecked but enabled.
Apps are not displayed in Battery saver after the upgrade.
Access Point Names (APNs) in recovery images can fall out of date. For some phones/networks, this will block the cellular data and MMS capabilities of a phone when recovering back to the base image. Before using the Windows Mobile Recovery Tool to recover, record the specific APN settings on your phone. Set manually once phone restored
Cellular data not working while roaming, despite enabling data roaming The setting doesn’t work the first time it’s enabled. Turning off and then turning on again will enable data while roaming
Using a Bluetooth headset while playing back video results in low frame rate for video, due to a bug in the interaction between video playback and Bluetooth. Use wired headset for listening to audio when playing videos.
Sync to Microsoft Band doesn’t work after updating to Windows 10. If you have your phone synced to Microsoft band, it will not pair after the update to Windows 10. After upgrade to Windows 10, go to Bluetooth settings, un-pair the Microsoft Band device and re-pair it.
DataSense resets data use history on upgrade to Windows 10. No workaround. Will calculate correctly after the reset.
Trying to set lock screen picture will fail at times Re-attempt the operation.
After upgrade, tapping on “Playlist” from start screen or from within Music App fails to play music. Playlists are greyed out.
Cortana tile and settings are missing on the start screen after upgrade Go to app list and re-pin the tile
Microsoft announces Windows 10 for Phones Technical Preview
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