It seems moving from Windows Phone 8 to Windows 10 may be a bigger task than first imagined.
In many ways mobile operating systems demand more in terms of features, for example a desktop operating system does not need to have native contacts, calendar, camera apps, wallets and it also does not need built-in NFC payments.
With Windows 10 however the phone, tablet and desktop operating systems are getting unified, which means suddenly there are a lot more demands on Windows, and some features we have taken for granted in Windows Phone 8 will need to be redeveloped for Windows 10.
One example is NFC payments it seems, with Microsoft recruiting for a Senior Software Engineer in Development and another Senior Software Engineer in test to “Join the team that builds the platform for NFC payments, across all Microsoft devices. We are building on the momentum we’ve created with new NFC payment capabilities shipped in Windows Phone 8.1.”
With desktop Windows being a much more open environment it likely presents new security challenges meaning a simple port of code from WP8.1 would not be a good idea.
The job posts does raise some concern in me that Windows 10 on phones will not be feature complete compared to Windows Phone 8.1, simply due to the magnitude of the work involved, or that the OS will be late in arriving.
Are any of our readers concerned?