Friday, 20 March 2015 17:20
There was an interesting announcement from Microsoft earlier this week that they've been working on a project to basically upgrade users OS from Android to their new Windows 10 platform. According to the article they have been working using the Xiaomi Mi 4 Android smartphone and effectively overriding the Android OS with Windows 10 and Microsoft services which could offer native Windows 10 performance on Android devices. Microsoft of course hopes to have this service available on more devices eventually but I must give Microsoft some bonus points for being creative and giving users an option to try out the Windows 10 mobile platform without having to actually go buy another phone. TechCrunch has the story.
Near the end of its announcement, the Redmond-based company casually revealed that it is testing Windows 10 with “power users” of Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 4 Android smartphone. The initiative, which Xiaomi stressed is not a partnership but merely assistance with the trial, is an interesting one because it again shows Microsoft’s new ‘platform agnostic’ approach.
Neither Microsoft nor Xiaomi provided specific details of the Windows 10 software being trialled, but TechCrunch understands from sources that it effectively overrides Android, turning the Xiaomi phone into a Windows 10 device complete with Microsoft services. (Which the company hopes will dazzle Android owners into making the switch.)