Skip to main content

Windows 10 for Phones to Debut Jan. 21 (Report)

Microsoft is taking the wraps off the next version of its desktop operating system next week, but it appears the software giant might have more in store for us. In addition to debuting the consumer-ready version of Windows 10, the company is also expected to showcase the mobile version of that OS at its Jan. 21 event.

Microsoft recently released a Phone Insider app that gives mobile devices access to the Windows 10 Insider program, which lets developers and early-adopters test out early versions of the OS. According to sources who spoke with The Verge, the company will show off interface changes for the mobile system that will make it look more in line with those of the desktop and Xbox One systems.

MORE: Best Smartphones For Your Money

The Verge says that Windows Phone 10 won't be available until later this year, but a preview version could become available by the end of January. Microsoft could certainly use all the help it could get, as Windows Phone's market share was a measly 2.8 percent at the end of 2014, according to IDC.

Earlier leaks indicate that Windows 10 could feature a dedicated Xbox app for the desktop along with support for voice assistant Cortana. The company already showed off some features of its next operating system last year, including virtual desktops and a revived Start button.

We'll be reporting directly from the Jan 21. Windows 10 event, so stay tuned for the latest news and our first impressions.

Cherlynn Low is a staff writer for Tom's Guide. Follow her at @cherlynnlow and on Google+. Follow Tom's Guide at @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.