Windows 10 for phones will come after PCs, no free upgrade for those using pirated versions

windows10Microsoft has announced a new build for Windows 10 for phones which brings a lot of new features for those who are part of the preview programme. It also brings the update to a non-Lumia smartphone, the HTC One M8 for the first time.

According to a blog post by Microsoft Build 10080 will support Lumia 930/Lumia Icon, Lumia 640 and 640XL, and the HTC One (M8) for Windows. More importantly the blog post confirms that Windows 10 for phones will come after the roll-out for PCs.

Some of the features for Windows 10 for phones are Windows Store Beta, which gives the “first look at the new Windows Store in Windows 10 for phones.” This is similar to Store Beta on the Windows 10 for PCs and has a new visual design. However “carrier billing is not enabled yet,” for this.

Other features of the Store Beta are “Movies & TV page,” which is live but Music will come in the next build most likely. In addition to this, the Windows 10 Mobile Build comes with Universal Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote Preview and Xbox app, the Music Preview app and the Video Preview app.

There’s also a New Camera app although the blogpost notes that “high-end Lumia devices like 1520, 1020, 930, 830, 640, and 640XL have some features not supported by the new Camera app.” Features of the new Camera app are HDR, video stabilization for video and face-based autofocus.
There’s also more news on the Windows 10 front with Microsoft now saying that the free upgrade for new OS will not be supported on those PCs which have are running a pirated version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.

In a separate blogpost Microsoft noted,”Microsoft and our OEM partners know that many consumers are unwitting victims of piracy, and with Windows 10, we would like all of our customers to move forward with us together. While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state.”
So users who have a pirated copy of Windows running on their PCs will be expected to pay for the upgrade to Windows 10.