Microsoft is continuing to flesh out its plans for Windows 10, with the company confirming today that there will be seven different SKUs of the platform. Of course, our primary concern is the mobile oriented version, which will be ushered in later in the year as a replacement for Windows Phone 8. It has been assumed that either Windows Phone 10 or just Windows 10 would be used for the name, but it will actually be called Windows 10 Mobile Microsoft announced.
The Microsoft Lumia 735 has been with us for some time, it was launched way back in September 2014, but has yet to have a release in the United States. There have been several rumours that the mid-range handset would arrive stateside and that is a little closer to reality with a Verizon version of the Lumia 735 showing up on an FCC filing.
Microsoft's Build conference was held yesterday and there were plenty of big things announced about Windows 10, while the company also revealed what it expects from its mobile division in the coming years. Indeed, Microsoft says that it has huge plans for the universal Windows 10 (which works on multiple form factors) and will sell one billion devices over the next two to three years.
Time to check in on the performance of Windows Phone, the third placed platform in the market that seems to hold steady without ever testing Android and iOS. That is not going to change anytime soon, but Microsoft announced its fiscal third quarter results and revealed that it sold 8.6 million Windows Phone smartphones through the three month period.
Microsoft's Build 2015 developer conference is just around the corner, but with invitations already snapped up in January, the doors are already closed. This is the event is where Microsoft typically announces the bulk of its core products. Sure, the company will make announcements sporadically at other events, but Build is where it is at if you want the low down on Microsoft for the next year.
Microsoft's MWC announced Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL have launched this week, with India the first market to get the mid-range pair. The handsets have also landed in the UK, one of the few major global markets where Windows Phone devices have done okay.
T-Mobile has confirmed it will carry the Lumia 640, a smartphone that Microsoft announced at the Mobile World Conference alongside the Lumia 640 XL. T-Mobile has listed the Lumia 640, confirming that it will offer the LTE variant of the handset, but on the company's official website it is listed as "coming soon".
Microsoft has said that Windows 10 will be launching a massive 190 countries around the globe "this summer". That is earlier than the end of year launch that was expected and will truly bring the new multi-platform OS to the masses, with the software set to arrive in 111 different languages.
The recently announced Lumia 435 from Microsoft is beginning to roll out, with Ireland being the latest country to get the device. UK based retailer Tesco Ireland is selling the Lumia 435 for a bargain price equivalent to $84, which is no surprise as this is a entry level handset. The decently spec'd (for the price) device is also running the latest version of Windows Phone, 8.1 with Lumia Denim, and will also be in line for Windows 10 for Mobile when it launches later this year.
Microsoft backed up the launch of the Lumia 640 with a phablet version of the same device, the aptly named Lumia 640 XL. It may not be the flagship device we all want from Redmond, but there is no doubting that the Lumia brand continues to deliver quality rounded smartphones.