This is Windows 10 for Phones

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Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 for phones today.  Below find a look at the various features announced.

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Above is Windows 10 start screen.  Besides the background wallpaper there does not seem to be anything new here.

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The tiles seem completely opaque (update – the tiles are in fact semi-transparent).

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Above is the app list.  New apps will now occupy a slot above called Recently Installed.

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This is the new notification tray.

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Many new quick action buttons are now supported.

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Settings are now more organized and grouped.

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Toast notifications are now actionably.

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Voice typing is now supported, and the keyboard is repositionable.

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It now also features a mini-joystick for precise cursor positioning.

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The messaging app will now support sending text messages via Skype and other carrier IP providers.

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A new version of Word, Powerpoint and Excel will be available which will run the same code as the desktop.

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The apps have the full power of office, including, review, formatting and everything else, and is powered by hardware acceleration.

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Outlook now use the Word engine to render email.

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It will also let you flag or delete email with a swipe.

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The new calendar app is a lot more colourful.

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The Lumia Camera app will be the default camera app on all Windows 10 phones and will simply be called Camera.

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The new photos app will automatically enhance your pictures…

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… and also automatically create albums.

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Above is the new People Hub

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and the new Xbox Music app.  It will support a new OneDrive music locker which will arrive in 2 months.

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The new maps app, enhanced with Cortana.  It will replace Here maps on the phone, and provide walking and turn by turn directions.  On the maps page view Cortana will always be listening, and you could say “Cortana, repeat that” to hear directions again.

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and the new Spartan browser.  This will initially be available only on the desktop, but will eventually also come to the phone.

What do our readers think of what we have been shown?

Some screen shots via the Verge

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