Windows 10 for small tablets impressingly similar to Windows Phone

Windows 10 for small tablets won't feature a desktop and they will only run Windows Phone and universal apps.

Start menu for Windows 10 for mobile devices

During the January event, Microsoft showed off an early version of Windows 10 running on 8-inch tablets, but now we can see that the company is working on a version of the operating system that looks very similar to Windows 10 for phones.

Perhaps the most important piece of information is that this version of Windows 10 is designed for mobile devices, which means that smaller tablets won’t have a desktop, only the modern version of the operating system, and it will only run Windows Phone and Universal apps.

WinBeta has managed to obtained a set of screenshots that show Windows 10 on a very small tablet, which looks just like a version of Windows Phone scaled to fit on a bigger screen, indicating that Microsoft will use the Windows Phone interface for devices lower than 8 inches.

The build of Windows 10 is in the early stages, but WinBeta reports that the experience is very solid, and apps like Calculator and Voice Recorder take advantage of the extra space on the screen, which make the operating system feel like if you were running apps on a desktop environment.

Everything else looks like an upscaled version of Windows 10 for phones, but of course Microsoft will be updating the operating system to make the Start menu and apps to work better in this new environment.


While this new version of Windows 10 won’t feature a desktop, which means that it will not run traditional applications, you can still connect any Bluetooth keyboard and mouse that will let users navigate the operating system with a cursor and type more comfortable using a keyboard.

It’s worth pointing out again that these screenshots come from a very early version of Windows 10 for mobile devices, so a lot of changes will be coming in later builds.

As Microsoft’s BUILD conference approaches, we expect the company to share more details on the plan of how small tablets will run Windows 10.

Source WinBeta

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