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Microsoft wants to put Windows 10 on your Android phone

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Microsoft has announced it plans to offer the Windows 10 operating system on Android smartphones.

The move will initially be part of the company’s Windows Insider Program, and will see Windows 10 ROMs made available to download on Android devices.

Microsoft is currently working with China’s Xiaomi to test the project by offering native-style Windows 10 ROMs for the Xiaomi Mi4 smartphone.

Mi4 users will be able to download the Windows 10 software completely for free, and then flash it to the device.

The core reasoning behind this is that Microsoft will be able to get direct feedback from Android users on what they like and dislike about Windows 10.

While it might seem odd that the US-based company would opt to roll out its trial in China, there’s a good reason why Microsoft looked east.

Chinese users are traditionally very open to customising their smartphones, particularly in terms of software.

That’s not the case in the US, where the majority of users tend to never tinker with their device’s operating systems.

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Microsoft’s line, as reported by TechCrunch, read as follows: “Xiaomi is a leading phone manufacturer in China undergoing significant global expansion.”

We are excited to partner with them in China and jointly gather feedback from Chinese users on their experience with Windows 10 to jointly collaborate on product and services development for the platform.”

The ROM’s full availability will be announced in the coming months.

Windows 10, meanwhile, is due to land in summer, unifying various Microsoft platforms like Windows Phone, Windows for desktop, and Xbox into one ecosystem.

Tom

March 18, 2015, 1:30 pm

An interesting direction, I wonder if this means MS are open to the idea of Dual Boot machines again? (I had heard that there was work being done on an Android/Windows tablet which was canned as MS objected).

I do quite like the look of Windows Mobile and how it requires very little resource compared to Android which is a real Hog, and am pretty tempted to switch whenever my current phone dies, but the relative lack of apps and app support compared to Android/iOS is the only major thing holding me back, being able to Dual Boot would be a big bonus and best of both worlds IMO

Sean Cameron

March 18, 2015, 2:56 pm

Dual boot is not something Microsoft will endorse, ever. They want to take in Android users permanently. Everything is riding on the potential of universal apps, they hope that by forcing a massive influx of users to Windows 10, with total inter-operability, they will be able to jump the whole chicken-egg problem completely.

Ralph

March 18, 2015, 4:07 pm

Windows mobile is so much nicer than Android, and MS are a little less invasive and controlling than Google. The problem is basic apps: personally I don't give a fig about games and all that silly stuff, but remote controllers for itunes, apps for the likes of sonos and bose music systems - all of these need to be available to windows users or you end up having to maintain an android or ios presence in order to do simple stuff like listen to your music properly! And if I start buying more kit for my house like wireless thermostats, cctv, wireless door-openers etc etc it needs to have a WM app or I'm going to have to go back to an android phone, which I really, really don't want to do.

MattMe

March 18, 2015, 4:44 pm

I agree. I don't really download a whole lot of apps at all, but there are certain things I have used (and continue to do so) on Apple and Android that aren't available on WP.

Hopefully the cross platform Windows 10 will encourage more app developers to get involved. It's a bit chicken and egg really.

MattMe

March 18, 2015, 4:45 pm

Here's hoping.

Not just because it's Microsoft, but because having three major players would add some much-needed competition to the marketplace.

Greven85

October 14, 2015, 9:52 am

give it here already! :P

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