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New Windows 10 Mobile preview brings Xbox, Universal Office apps

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Microsoft has dropped a brand new preview build of its Windows 10 Mobile operating system, featuring the most significant feature updates yet.

The 10080 Build is now available to Windows Insiders with compatible devices and brings access to the eagerly-anticipated Universal Office apps for the first time.

Users on a wide range of Lumia Windows Phone 8.1 devices and now also the HTC One (M8) for Windows, can install the likes of Office, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote with immediate effect.

This is all thanks to the inclusion of the new build of Windows Store featuring the universal apps.

The new build - which is now also available for the Lumia 930 and 640 - also brings the Xbox app, which shows the activity feed, achievements, Game DVR clips, friends lists, messages and more.

There’s also new-and-improved versions of the (Xbox branding-less) Music and Video apps as well as a new camera app.

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This is comfortably the most noteworthy build of the newly-Christened Windows 10 Mobile software, since the initial launch earlier this year.

One of the major selling points for the new software is Microsoft’s Universal Office apps. They promise to offer the same experience and seamless syncing within Word, PowerPoint and Excel as on a PC or laptop.

Preview members can now begin to experience the part of the software Microsoft hopes will put it in real contention with iOS and Android for the first time.

Beware though, Insiders, there’s still plenty of bugs to contend with and we’re unlikely to get the full version until ‘months’ after Windows 10 for desktop is released this summer.

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