Video: Hands-on with Windows 10 Mobile Build 10563 Emulator

As the official launch of Windows 10 Mobile gets closer the drastic changes and improvements to the Windows 10 Mobile Preview Builds are bound to become fewer and farther between.  However, that doesn’t mean new features and refinements won’t poke their heads out once in a while.

First off, if you’ve been paying attention, Microsoft is working on unifying their Skype experience and unifying the UI across devices, from desktop to mobile.  Within this build, Skype Messenger is integrated into the Messaging application of Windows 10 Mobile, essentially making it official.  Further, the Skype Video application has dropped the beta tag and appears ready for primetime.

Along with Skype integration, the Messaging and People hubs seem to have picked up a very subtle update with the photos of your contacts. Both applications seem to have just slightly larger contact photos than in previous builds.

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Microsoft has also added the ability to scale text up and down across the entire Operating System in the display setting.  Along with that comes some fun for developers.  A toggle has been added to “Make your device visible to USB connections and your local network.”

The biggest improvement looks like it comes in the form of Microsoft Edge. Along with the ability to Sync your settings in the Insider Preview of Windows 10 a few days ago, it seems the mobile version has obtained this feature as well.  We like the addition of the buttons at the base of the screen as this drops the number of required touches to get into your history, reading list, favorites, and downloads. Fewer touches are always better.

Overall, we anticipate to see fewer drastic changes to the OS and the official release, but we like to see that Microsoft fine tuning the OS in the lead up to its release.

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