Microsoft will bring transparent tiles to Windows 10 for phones

If you installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, you may have noticed that the start screen renders tiles differently from what we've seen in Windows Phone 8.1. Tiles that use the theme color were transparent in Windows Phone 8.1, allowing you to see the background image, but in Windows 10 for phones, the tiles are merely translucent. If you're a fan of transparent tiles, you're in luck, as Microsoft's Joe Belfiore announced that the feature will be making its way to Windows 10 for phones.

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There's no mention as to when the feature will be available, but for those of you wondering whether transparent tiles will be available, there's your answer. It's coming.

How are you liking the Windows 10 preview for phones? Be sure to check out our hands-on video to know all that's new in the preview:

Source: Twitter (Joe Belfiore)

Thanks Bryan for the tip!

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.

  • Yes boy!
  • Awesome! By the way the semi-transparent tiles are also looking amazing. It feels matched with the background though.
  • I'm probably alone in this but I expected more from Windows Phone 10 maybe it was all the hype but it feels like a let down.
  • What? It's not even finished, some of the menus don't even match up. Trust me, we're still a long ways off from rtm. More features will come. Including a revamped Xbox music app (thank god).
  • I can't wait for the sms/chat integration to come down the pipeline
  • Lol "pipeline". i can't wait either!
  • Hopefully Xbox Music and Xbox Video fused in a new Xbox Media, so that it's less of a mess. And with more options like music rating and subtitles
  • Obvious troll is obvious.
  • I am in no way trolling. I will try to explain my comment better. When I said I'm "expecting more" what I mean is I love WP because it was so different from IOS and Android but it seems like the more MS updates WP the more it's losing its identity and turning into a copy of the other two which I understand from a business perspective. It's just sad cause what I love most about WP it is uniqueness. I guess I was all hyped up expecting to see something fresh not this never ending catch up game MS has with IOS and Android. Hope that makes some sense.
  • Wait till 29th april to get stunned....when i think microsoft will preview full version of windows 10 for phones...(hope) including live tiles
  • So you don't want the OS to mature? I feel that is the only thing its got in common with the other OSs, its getting more features.
  • Mature does not need to equal conformity with competition. WP was enjoyable to use, while Android felt like a clunky hodgepodge of ideas. Microsoft appears to be in the process of transitioning from a beautifully designed and beautifully functional approach that lacked a few features, to one that is a mishmash of WP, Android, IOS and PC. The "looks like my PC" approach was the design theme of the ancient Windows Mobile.
  • Even I kind of feel the same. Where are app bars? All go inside the absurd Hamburg menu.
    Where is all panorama /pivot menu?all the identities of wp is being shredded away. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • Panoramic sliding, pivoting menus, the entire metro design philosophy is what made this neat and exciting. The newer we go the less it defines itself and the more it just becomes another collapse. 7.5 was the best build for me. About the only thing left of Windows Phone is the tiles. The design approach has shifted and it's not for the better.
  • Keep in mind that this is a technical preview and it is visually far from finished product. It will get quite some touches here and there before final release.
  • I agree with you. I wanted W10 to be beautiful and unique. Instead, it just seems to have converged with Android and iOS.
    In fact, Windows 10 on desktop and phone seems to be a real step back from the design elegance of WP8.1/Windows 8.1. Unless both betas improve drastically, I would be hesitant to 'upgrade' either my phone or my computer to Windows 10.
  • I share your concerns. However, please remember that we are the minority here. Most people disliked w8 and wp8. By bringing some of the popular design paradigms from ios and Android, Microsoft sought to make w10 more competitive and closer to mass users.
  • Just because you make wp look like iOS and Android, doesn't mean it will make more people want to use it.
  • The form and function were not the problem. It was always behind in basic features and apps. It was enjoyable to use while android was clunky. However, I like many others put up with the clunky laggy annoyances just to have the added features and apps. I didn't move back to WP until they added a few features and the noveltiy of using new apps wore off and I just wanted basic smartphone functionality that was enjoyable to use. Had they had all the features and apps, I and many others would have been all over WP the entire time.  Windows 8 for desktop was another story. It worked fine for me, but all the complaints were legitimate. A main machine used to get your work, school and everything else done, by young and old alike, shouldn't have had the dramatic a change and such a long learning curve. The reason for slow addoption there was due to the design.
  • If they had the apps it would have done better. The design language made WP really its key selling point. There is no way in hell that a rep at any carrier ever said, do you use cloud storage alot? Do you use word or any other Office doc, then get a Windows Phone 8.x because you can snych between your home PC and your Phone through the cloud. No never..... It was always the appeal of the UI that garnered interest of potential buyers. The lack of apps just killed their optimism isntantly.....
  • I disagree - W10 for desktop looks and feels great in my opinion and all the people that see me working with it are very impressed with it. It has this fragrance of simplicity and a minimalistic approach and I like that. To each his own though! I loved 8.1 as well but we're in the minority in that case :'). Shame. 
  • 10 for Desktop is getting cluttered, IMO. I hope they clean it up before they release it.
  • I agree with keeping W10 beautiful, elegant and unique. Making it feature rich I want too, but keep it Metro, please.
  • They specifically mentioned that the UI/UX will change. I wouldn't jump to conclusions at this point :) I agree that a few moments I was having the same feeling (the settings page) but then again, it makes the current 8.1.1 looks outdated. sounds silly right?  
  • That's because it is outdated. Windows phone has looked the same since 2010. It's time to move on. I loved the way the photo app looked in wp8.0, it was scrapped in 8.1, did I complain? Nope, WP is changing for the better.
  • iOS has virtually looked the same since it came out.
  • Mmm. I see what you mean. I am of the same sentiments. The UX that lured me to the phone is being ditched in an effort to please the mass of incompetent whiners. It does upset me that the different screen methods (panorama) are just being ditched for menus, etc. But what keeps me on WP (and not going back to iPhone) is the ecosystem and the tight integration of OneDrive and syncing of data and settings. If Microsoft is going to cave to the masses and everything is going to look the same anyway, I might as well use a phone that directly compliments my computer and is 100% compatible with it.
  • Agreed. Loved WP's unique design solutions. Most of them I think uncomparably better (like the 4 panels screens design compared to the hamburger-androidesque solution). Another (now former) solution I loved was to find messages (either from SMS, FB, Whatsapp (!)) all inside the messages tile. That was what I used to call the grandma-proof design choice.
  • then why didn't you say that in your first comment rather than coming across as whiny for the sake of being whiny? in response, I don't care if it loses its identity if doing so makes it more functional.  What use is a unique identity when that identity lacks basic features and integration that the competition has?  The main selling point of win10 is the global integration with all your devices, and they can't deliver a unified experience if the phone OS looks different to the desktop OS.  You need to change with the times, man.
  • Is 'uniqueness' and euphemism for 'lack of features'? Because if it is, then, yes, WP is becoming less unique.
  • Maybe it's that this is the first preview? He already said it doesn't even have many of the features they're working on yet.
  • A non-final, tech preview, which is essentially an Alpha build, is a let down? I'm curious. Did you expect all of the finalized features to be present and bug free?
  • Judging from the amount of complaining, I'd say the answer to that question is yes.
  • Why jump down the guys throat for stating windows 10 wasn't what he expected? It has absolutely no effect on you whether he is happy with the product or not so what's the point of getting your knickers in a twist over nothing?
  • I asked a simple question. I'm not sure that constitutes jumping down somebody's throat. In addition to that, I only purchase twist-free knickers.
  • There should be setting to adjust transparency level of tiles .!! Plus parallax view background that was is an awesome functioning .! Well the action center should now be trnasparent /translucent to get a better look of notifications .!!! That will enhance the look moree
  • This.
  • Give them a bloody go to get things made then tweak and add improvements... They are rewriting the whole OS, so features will be added when they work properly.. BY Importance I would think. You want those features. Use USERVOICE
  • M surely gonna do when I get the W10 program .!!!! Till the time to make it more common point amongst members WP central comments are the best place .!! More the ppl know more they will report more they will put feedback and will be heard :)
  • Definitely, adjust the level of transparency / Parallax effect, vote for that
  • I agree with this. In fact the whole system could use that transparent/translucent design so it would actually match together. Maybe an -option- for the classic black/white or transparent look, so everyone is happy.
  • That is exactly what I'm hoping for the whole Windows style to change sometime... Lots more transparency that makes the complete UI seem more precious
  • Thumbs up every1 .!!! ;)
  • Parallax is there but it now works sideways, from start screen to app screen.
  • It didn't come with a flux capacitor. The world will now end. Posted via my HTC One (M7)
  • Not really a letdown per se. This is more of an evolution than the revolution 8.1 was. The only real benefit of W10 is supposed to be in that universal app thingy that they talked about when W8 came out. Maybe this time they'll deliver on that promise. But I agree, it just seems like the same old with some aesthetic changes. It's what I expected to be honest. Don't know what anyone else was expecting or is expecting. Right now, they're trying to bring back features from the old into the new....eerily familiar. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I guess the Bob crying couldn't last long. This is not even considered a beta version of the final OS but purple still complain instead of trying it and sending in feedback so the final product can be more in line with what users ask for
  • me too , i expected more options in personalisation settings like translation effects , panorama view , interactive tiles ... but i will keep my judgement after i get the final version on my LUMIA720 .
  • What, if anything this first preview had made me even more excited about what's next to come. I mean look at the tech preview for desktop, it was nothing like what it is now.
  • No I'm right there with you. So basically so far I've seen a horrid looking settings menu, a file explorer, and a keyboard that's wierd to say the least, a still broken Music tile, and translucent background. Wow..... I mean seriously.....
  • you should watch the win phone 10 video that shows just a handfull of features that other iphone users and android users curse windows about and not your saying those same features are paintless and the same lol.  They cant win for you can they.
  • You are not alone thats for sure what i noticed on windows 10 is Microsoft still playing catch up and with that new hamburger menu design it's showing respect to android and ios wich list more then its own windows phone fans ,i used windows phone for a long time because i loved thw metro design and now when we supported the platform until it got stronger they gived us what what other platform user would and not care about what we want i wish i was wrong but microsofr don't show us respect that we deserve
  • doent forget this is a prieview of very unfinished software, people have been going out of their way to say that, weve never been given windoews this early in production and if i could put this on my lumia 930 id hav been very happy but id also know that not all the features are gona be on first build and not everything will work as you expect in a this beta ish build. probablt alphas is a beter name.
  • First stage pre-release software Expecting more. Sigh.
  • I agree. I mean I like the new stuff they're including but each new major OS update should have some nice new feature. 8.1 had cortana and the notification centre. Nothing really stands out with 10. Are there more features in the pipeline for W10 that haven't been announced yet or is what they've announced basically all we can expect?
  • I can understand your disappointment. Windows 10 is an unfinished product. You should only be using the preview if you want to be part of the development process. But if you are looking for a finished product you are going to be let down. You can always revert back to 8.1. It's for this same reason I decided not to engage in the preview but rather enjoy vicariously through everyone else.
  • I need the background wallpaper to exhibit parallax effect please.... That would be awesome.... Vertical effect while scrolling down and horizontal effect while scrolling to apps section
  • right.
  • I can't seem to get start screen backgrounds working. They just don't load.
  • You just can't please some people
  • I hope the clear tiles with black framing also goes to the tablet / PC version of Win 10. That would look awesome with a black Sony Xperia tablet.
  • This is exactly what I wanted to know......
    I'm done for today... See yall tomorrow....
    I wanna see that keyboard in action tomorrow, Daniel.
    One more thingy...... We need a option that blends the two together... I want transparent tiles, but with the full screen background image... Maybe they could make tiles form some kind of outline, or something... IDK, but JUST PLEASE MAKE IT HAPPEN, MS❗❗
  • I also want the same..transparent tiles with background image..White or black background behind the tiles in 8.1 looks hideous
  • i love the tiled background on win 8.1 glad they are keeping it.
  • I want that thingy too!
  • Rod, have you tried the OS yet? What are your initial thoughts? I ended up getting the L830, but I'm going to wait for it to mature. Maybe I'll get the developer preview or the equivalent of that in the weeks and months to come.
  • I have a 1520... But, I don't hear any complaints so far, and it's got everything, well mostly everything, that 8.1.1 has.... I'm gonna install it as soon as its available. But, I like what I see so far...
    The nice thing is that smirk on Joes face when he says there's more to come... That means a lot more, and something special is coming.
  • I would like it or Microsoft would make the tiles almost clear, like glass.
  • Open plumbob!?
  • Yeah, but when will it be available for my 1520?
  • Having options is the best option.
  • I agree. Having the option to turn selected tiles into transparent ones would be great
  • That's a cool idea... We should be able to do tiles independently.... If course depending on if the developers implement it.
  • Yea because you're stuck with all transparent tiles, except those who don't support transparent look. Previously in wp8 screen looked very vibrant, now I have to arrange tiles here and there so it isn't all transparent.
  • There's an app for that. Possibly many more at the windows store. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • But you lose your pretty pretty live tiles because of them. So its a NO NO.
  • Ikr.. But I'm confused since it says... 'in tile transparency ' .... I want it completely on the back of tiles and on sides.... :3
  • It took them 5 years to learn... Lol.
  • It took apple 4 years for me.  and i dont think androids there yet for me so 5 years is only a little slower especially as they were very late to the party, and to be fair untill they got cortana alot of people couldnt use them
  • Lol! But Apple is there for a whole lot of people... That's all that matters... They have the most worth out of any company in American history..... Can't beat that....
    Especially when your marketing sucks rat balls.
  • to be fair im a cameraman, i dont actually work at microsoft or own the company or any of their brands so when you say my marketing sucks balls your actually using the wrong language.  I loved iphone, i got bored of iphone i now use win 8.1 930 phone and well its my favotite phone and best mobile experience i have ever had, i think ios 7 was the changer for me the ios put me off iphone, then ios came alone and ate my batery up and turns a ok pleasent experience into a lets shove as much as we can onto your screen experience and thats something im very happy to leave.  There comes a time in any devices history when adding is just too much and refining is the name of the game, luckly windows 8.1 is there and hopefully continues to improve.  But make no mistake my 930 with 8.1 is right there with your apple phones and does some things alot better too.  Oh and does things iphones just cant yet and visa versa.  Apple didnt invent the mobile full web, apple didnt even invent the touchscreen phone it just told you all that when it stuckl it into a simple package and we all bought it.  My problem with microsoft is releasing a dev win 10 without suporting a flagship devise thats not good pr and its certainly not the way to improve things, but their 8.1 phone rulesy thee way what do you mean by they have the most worth out of any company.  Do you mean they are the richest company by nearly double or something else, cause i can tell you this they dont have the best product anymore and i know 800 million android users that would agree and well 100-200 million windows users too. So not everyone shares you opinion.  And i like the iphone.   I also have big balls plse dont suck then
  • Lol... Sure dude.. Sure. I won't.
    As Apple goes to the bank... Your faith..
  • Anyone knows of in w10 you can use custom ringtones for sms, whatsapp, etc? Because MS had been hesitant to add that to wp8 for a while.
  • That's in wp8 currently.... Check your settings
  • Already in w 8.1 denim update you can have separate tone for whatsapp
  • ivbe been doing all that in 930 8.1 its supoer easy so i cant complain, the only issue i had was having to go through my 300 albums and use software called mp3tag to merge album art with songs so proper album art shows up in music app.
  • But too much options will be confusing.
  • that is what went wrong with android.
    WP was at the other extreme. too simple.
    both have improved now.
  • Omg amazing! I dint get all the disappointment too the official isn't even out!
  • I'm loving this update! I just wish they would bring the double tap to wake feature back.
  • It's there pal.
  • Where at?
  • It's always been in the touch settings.
  • Settings>extras>touch.
  • Not sure what phone you use but on my 830 double tap works.....
  • It came with my 521 but it's no longer there since Windows 8. My HTC 8X and Lumia 635 don't have it. Mind guiding me to it? :S
  • Time to use the report bugs/feedback feature
  • I don't think it's a bug I think they made it exclusive to certain devices. If it was only for Lumia phones then my 521 & 635 should have it.
  • Download the touch app (Lumias only)
  • Says that's a bad link.
  • Double tap to wake requires a proximity sensor which the 635 doesn't have.
  • Amazing
  • There ya go. Feedback is working already :P
  • whew patience really matters...
  • +625
  • But when I will get WP10 on my lumia 925?
  • You will get it sometime before the summer if that helps. :D My guess is before mid-March though. Just my guess. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • He'll ask again in 5 minutes. 
  • Patience young padawan...
  • Wow. I don't like the look of it. At all.
  • Well you can make it look like 8.1 if you want then.
  • Wow. I love the look of it. At all
  • Awesome! Each one have lots of potentials
  • Seems reassuring
  • Me too got in my Lumia 630 :)
  • When can we expect it for 520???
  • Why would the guys that work here know that? They don't work for MS directly. They report all the things they hear about, both official and speculation. Stop flooding the comments of every article with this question.
  • tired of comments like this
  • Sources tell me it'll be sometime around neveruary.
  • I'm also tired about it.
  • Next Tuesday
  • I wonder if the transparency level will be adjustable at some point. Perhaps it could even be adjustable per tile. And there's the blur effect that's possible, too, though that needs a bit of unobstructed background to look good.
  • Now I have no reason not to take the plunge. As soon as it is available for my Lumia 822, I'm going for it.
  • I cant apply background . . .
  • Guys how can I roll back to 8.1? The windows recovery tool.just reinstalls 10tp....
  • It rolls back to stable OS, so should be 8.1
  • Try navifirm and ncs.
  • I'm glad. Probably the only thing that was as huge step back.
  • Lets hope will not be a feature only for high end phones...
  • So both will finally be an option. That's cool.
  • I know I saw a pic on one of the blogs - can't remember which one now - that was showing Win 10 with the full transparent tiles like we have now. I remember thinking "oh good, that will still be an option."
  • Thanks, because i don't like the new start screen, doesn't even let you see your background image.
  • Yes you were right, I still prefer to the transparent tile WP8.1. Its become an unique value which is not either IOS or android have it, you still can see theimage of windows style. Meanwhile the translucent tile makes you confuse, windows tile of all application is closing whole the display not like android that using small icon, thus you can only see part of the image at the edge of display. That almost doesnot makes any different with WP8.0....
  • Suggestion: Transparent (Blurred) Lockscreen. Thoughts? I would create the effect by screenshotting my start screen, removing the icons at the top, and then blurring the picture. I'd set it as my lockscreen and it would look awesome. A real one would look even better.
  • It's much nicer too if you put it at the Uservoice website or user feedbacks
  • Checkout Blur by Windows Phone Hacker from the store.
  • When were tiles transparent in 8.1?
  • Whenever you set a picture as your background in the start+theme settings.
  • Maybe I dint understand the coding behind systems but why aren't they just building onto existing windows instead of starting over with this build in certain areas
  • I think it's because this isn't just an update to Windows Phone 8.1, but also to Windows RT, so the new converged thing isn't just a straight upgrade of one older project, but rather a combination/replacement for both products.
  • When the Lumia 520 ??
  • NO
  • When we know, you'll know.
  • Any one know ?
  • Why would anyone know? If the people in the know aren't saying, and you can't find it online, why would you think someone reading the comments would know?
  • Sorry, I meant to say "1st of March".
  • I love the present start screen on 8.1 more
  • i totally agree. As is the windows 8.1 tiled transparent look is incredibly beutiful.. My personal opinion is i dont get the new wallpepered look, seems wasted on a start screen covered in live tiles lol.  But lovign alot of other features i can see in the phone .  Sepereating the settings menu had to happen it just did, cause it was anoyingly long.  I like puting previous installed items on the prgram menu option but this will still not satisfy most other pohone users, I get it but others will moan itsa to long like settign was, so ide definatly come up with a system or a view mode to change that,  Maybe allow a icon mode for the program areu  though ide prefere something else but cant think of anything.  I cant wai to see if that skype intergration is part of the phone and if out device es ca like laptops desktops or tablets can answer textes and phone calls built in.  If our friends on modiles can skype us and it comees up on our phone via internet data thats awsome, and a huge cross platform cue lol heres hoping.
  • To joe Belfiore >> attaboy
  • if hes here cool, he should be the face for microsoft, he did a way a way beter job on presentations that some of the other choices.  And windows 8.1 is awsome dont venture to far from it plse.
  • Just off topic. Is the "joystick" thingy on the keyboard yet??
  • Yes
  • I think you are wrong. He was referring to background image behind the tiles and image in the tiles like wp8.1 option.
  • I would love to see both transparent tiles and background picture..As in 8.1 the black or white background behind the tiles looks hideous..
  • I like both styles, I'd love to have an option to manually adjust the transparency of the tiles while using both background styles
  • My favorite feature is the drop down box from a text message notification to respond. Awesome
  • Yes!!! The option for both is perfect! I love windows phone more than ever!!!
  • Here's a question. The number 1316. Was that what it was? Is another wave coming on Monday?
  • It's already been explained on twitter. 1316 has been and gone. That's why we already have the first build.
  • Don't mind that that @iyae comment, there is no need to be that rude, but anyways 1316 was actually the time it released - 13:16 (1:16pm)
  • Thank you for explaining that, not everyone uses Twitter, cheers.
  • The only gripe is the aesthetics... It's not seem less like it used to, like the dark vs light background in the apps...
    And the overall design doesn't match...
    You have new dial pad and alarm which just doesn't match the design language for, say some of the settings. (which will be fixed in the future updates I believe :) )
  • Some apps are in early stages. My guess is we will still have dark or light themes in the end. Possibly even a bg color and accent color.
  • but doesnt picture background and transparant tiles create little white icons.  I'm not dissing it just traying to imagine what it will look like
  • noo . . . 1316 isthe octal number of 10planned to release 10am so he tweeted at 718 mins before the time
  • I'm actually stoked to get semi transparent tiles. Always thought it would be a nice way to have the ascent color and a background. I think it looks really sharp, and I was a little scared of losing the black borders.
  • Wow amazing work Microsoft and all developers. We love you
  • Cool being it to my 1020 :)
  • Looking forward to it
  • Yes! Good news, there's nothing wrong with Windows Phone 8.1 transparent tiles! Long live #TilesArt app then
  • I agree. I love the transparent tiles. 
  • When we are getting WP10 for Lumia 520 plz #Microsoft roll out wp10 for Lumia 520
  • What was that puzzle told my MS? Anyone found the meaning of it?
  • Check twitter
  • Don't use Twitter so your answer is irrelevant.
  • Holy crap! I got credited for a tip? Sweet!
  • I thihk, the startscreen needs more options:
    1. the choise with new style of background and old style like wp8.1 
    2. I wanna choose the level of transparency of tiles; semi-transporansy, full transporancy and not transporancy at all! I'd love to use non-transporansy tiles and background. 
    3. More colours of tiles or to make each tile was a different color, just like desktop Windows 8.1/10
  •   i love the start screen and i like not haveing to many options, i like tha balance to be fair, but i wouldlove to be able to pic a contacts number or mail onto the start screen so 1 press and telephone.
  • In any case it is better when there is a choice
  • Hey guys I'm sorry I want to ask something, but this is out of topic I just don't know where to ask and maybe someone can help me to fix my problem. I am using a Lumia 730 and my problem is with the WhatsApp app, I can't change my font size to be smaller, I have tried to go to the setting (Settings - Chat Settings - Font size) and set it to the smallest font size, but no change, it's still with the medium size, but if I change it to the larger size, it works. I want the smallest font size on my WhatsApp :( medium size is ugly. I have tried to uninstall and installed again, but no change. If you can help me please drop a comment, if you can't, ignore this please :) thanks much and sorry for bad English.
  • Why would you ask this on the comments for an article? Use the forums. Learn how to internets. :P
  • Hai dude. I m using 620. I can change the font size (settings - chat settings -text size)
  • Can you get background wallpaper and transparent tiles bro
  • Then try adjusting the system text size in ease of access
  • Reset the phone
  • When it comes to Lumia 920???
  • March 1st
  • thank you.
  • You know he is probably joking right?
  • I do not understend :)
  • when i installed the windows 10 preview for phone, my i got my screen just like in wp 8.1 with transparent tiles and picture in the tiles only which scrolls. I think that feature is there but just needs the option to change to that one.
  • But i prefer translucent windows 10 phone, than windows phone 8.1 transparent tiles im so boring
  • I dont think your boring dude.
  • Transparent tiles came to Xbox and Windows 10 for Phones. When will transparent tiles come to Windows 10 ?
  • I am so disappointed the Windows 10 Technical Preview isn't available for my iPhone 4 or my Motorola StarTAC. I am so sick and tired of Microsoft.
  • Go're drunk dude
  • Lol !what a good joke
  • Me too , not available for my Nokia 1100. Disappointed
  • Haha.. Waiting for my LED bulb :p
  • Yelyah williams !!!
  • When I will get w10 on my Lumia820
  • What the Christ why do people from India keep asking shit like this. It's absolutely ridiculous. 
  • Judging by the name, I don't think they are from India...
  • So does me he can be anywhere from the world.
  • i feel the same way about my lumia 930 dud.
  • I hope they keep the parallax, it wasnt moving in the demo video posted on wcentral.
  • I don't get background wallpaper on my Lumia 730
  • Now i can sleep peacefully. that's all i wanted to know for now.
  • Give that xbox video flv mkv support and make the both music and video app run buttery smooth. Cause all we love about WP is fluidity. This is a bit off topic. Sorry for that. Any plans about Wi-Fi direct?
  • Give the xbox the delete treetment and start again, id like a album mode on my media player that alows my huge and beautiful 5. inch screen to show 15 like tile sized albums on 1 page instead of haveing to pin them all to start screen or use the very confined 2-3 albums then scroll down.  Plse change it:)
  • What about wifi direct?
  • Use easy transfer
  • Alright. Now everyone can just calm down and stop cursing anymore. Told ya this is only a preview, and more to come.
  • Can MS give full rotation to home screen in wp10 as they have given in tab
    There home screen rotates as tab is kept vertical , horizontally up/down
  • Thanks for giving transparent tiles
  • Check out this hands on video. New keyboard is awesome
  • Man, I thought it was the keyboard in action. You had me excited for a bit. This was the second video I watched after windows central. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Buuuuu ... Rubbish ....demoed on L1520 and now itsnot supported ... Bloody morons
  • Go cry about it somewhere else. 
  • hes got a very good point.  They really shouldnt have released the tech priewview without suporting the flagship and most expensive of the windows phones first like the 1520 and the 930, lets face it its these people that want the developer preiview more than most. So yeh microsoft need to up thweir game in all areas including pr after all they knew this stuff a long time ago.
  • Guys please stop crying's just a preview not the final release.if you have any suggestion then use feedback tool.crying over here not gonna take you anywhere ( specifically things like I am switching to Android or ios)
  • Exactly. The human race is doomed if there is so much negativity over a preview.
  • What's so great about it? Sorry, I don't understand.
  • I think the second wave of TP update will hit on 16th FEB.....
  • We dont have it
  • One funny thing is that the preview videos by Microsoft always shows the OS more advanced that when it comes for consumers. The transitions animations office transparency..all showed off. None present.
  • probably great editing and reshooting, just like most android and iphone makers do.  Its know as professionalisum.
  • Just call it windows 10 already
  • Yes! This was actually something I was concerned about... the background on the tiles themselves was much better. Glad to hear they will support it. Thanks Microsoft!
  • This too is looking great
  • That's what i waiting for. Now it worth to update.
  • i hope rhey get more translucent, you can barely make out wallpaper behind.
  • Yes, that would be great. And an option to set the translucency level is indeed needed.
  • Bugs
    Data toggle gone
    Back button half works
    Battery heats up playing ccs
    Uc browser broken Still missing
    USB data tethering
    USB on-the -go (otg) Tiles still the same Voice recorder , file explorer; thanks
  • Regarding the tiles, what changes were you expecting to see?
  • I am crying for my Lumia 525 now ;-; 
  • Well I'd prefer the full background pic, because it looks cool. But semi-transparent tiles are turning me off. Can anyone give a feedback to MS for me saying that it would be cool if we can have the full background but be able to control the OPACITY of live tiles. Would be great !
  • That's cool being able to still do it the way it's done now. I wonder if desktop will get these options as well, also Live folders too. Really hoping they bring back categories from Windows 8.1 for the all apps view. Pretty handy.
  • Is this (Windows 10) available for 1520 now?
  • Yes, go and get it...
  • Hey guys is there any options to hide navigation bar in 730...?
  • Forums!!
  • Also my home screen background is also not working...?
  • Forums!!!
  • More options are always welcome.
  • i think they will bring vertical tiles as well, when you enable the more tiles option there's a vertical tile in the preview image below
  • The "people" tile does become vertical right now. But that's the only app I've seen that supports vertical right now.
  • Great!
  • I love my transparent tiles! Looking forward to getting a new flagship Windows Phone 10 unit later this year. Hopefully this is the OS to bring Windows Phone some market share. They deserve it now. 8.1 has been great to me.
  • I'm very happy to hear that the 'in the tiles' background option will be available. I really like that looks a lot.
  • Yooooooo
  • Looks nice and works good
  • Awesome! This was one thing I would have really missed from 8.1. It would also be great if you could control the transparency for the current translucent tiles. I would love to see Aero glass-like tiles like this without having to set my theme to black or gray: The more that common screens can be customized, the better. Interactive tiles would be great too! And what if the settings menu was rearange-able just like the Start screen? How great would it be to pin and group the tiles as you see fit? Even pin them to Start if you like. This customizability is something I feel is more appropriate to Windows than any other OS, so it's a great way to set themselves apart as better than their competitors.
  • I have to agree, that concept looks good. However, I'd still choose to have a few opaque tiles here and there.
  • Oh thank Microsoft ❤
    I was getting really angry at the possibility of losing my current start screen design
  • Kinda hope they make the 8.1 style an option on the desktop too​ I like it (I might be alone)
  • Does anyone know how to access the notification bar in settings so I can change the color of the on screen buttons on my 635?
  • The technical preview is, as of yet, a hot mess. Stable for what it is, but still a pain for power use. By the way, has anyone noticed the landscape mode? Did it make the cut?
  • It Looks much better than the IOS 8
    I have a Nokia lumia 521 and I really want to update into a Windows Phone 10. Microsoft Should add RIng and vibrate at the Same time like the IPhone does including with the Custom vibrate patterns
  • Is windows 10 available to Lumia 720
  • Not yet
  • Can u guys help me how to get this update
  • How about if we want the background of 10 & and tiles of 8.1? Can we have both?
  • Would love that
  • Great!  
  • Nice preview from the "inside" I was not lucky engough to get it (I own a lumia 920) but I have two questions if I may.
    1. Does it have ongoing call waiting notification? (meaning that fi you call someone and that person is already in a call, will the phone nitify you that the other person is already talking on the phone)
    2. Does it have smart dial? PS: Excuse my bad English.
  • Which are the phones that might get the update
  • Yes.
  • Thank you!! :D
  • Good
  • I'm at peace now, thought it was gone forever
  • Awesome Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The small sized dialler is ugly.
  • Yes! This is the best news ever! Not having my transparent live tiles was the only reason why my excitement about win 10 was reduced.
  • Now its ok. Current start screen on windows 10 is the ugliest home screen ever.
  • Agree..
  • Well as long as they offer options with perhaps a slider to control the tranparency, because sometimes too transparent can be messy. There will be times when i just want a solid colour. It's when they don't offer options regards these things that Microsoft gets in trouble with users.
  • Right now tiles can be arranged on start screen from top to bottom.
    It should also be possible to arrange tiles on start screen from bottom to top, from left to right or vice versa.
  • I still prefer to the transparent tile WP8.1. Its become an unique value which is not either IOS or android have it, you still can see the image with windows style. Meanwhile the translucent tile makes you confuse, windows tile of all application is closing whole the display not like android that using small icon, thus you can only see part of the image at the edge of display. That almost doesnot makes any different with WP8.0....
  • What about solid color tiles?
  • And please grey tiles or a color picker
  • I like those translucent tiles.
  • Do we have folders?
  • My home screen doesn't look like that but it says I have the technical preview
  • do we hav an option to keep the bckground and tiles look like what 8.1 is today - the parallax thingy? i love the current style of it.
    w10 screen looks ugly to me.
  • The full background does not have paralax effect, which is sad
  • True that. It will look cool if it has the parallax effect..
  • Not much is changed.
    The settings app, only the looks are changed. Everything else is pretty much the same. But, ahid say, inspite of the being the first build, it is very stable..
  • Some interesting thing: scrolling through the app list under WP10 Preview and also scrolling down at the start screen is much smoother on my Lumia 630 than on my 830 :).
  • They should add an aero option also just to make old people happy. Not sure how exactly they would implement it in windows 10 for phones but I do hear alot of people asking for it. I personally prefer the modern UI. Maybe they could make a silver translucent color for the tiles and notifications.
  • Hey people, you cannot be excited about universal apps on one side and on other side complain about the hamburger menu. Since that menu holds entries for navigation it offers the same experience on all devices: the apps have the same feel and look on phones, tablets and pc.
  • Awesome! These customization options are what really allows users to make the experience personal.
  • I was expecting that the phone could be used in landscape and the start screen auto adjusted. But it looks that it has not been implemented. In landscape it could look like a tablet or the Xbox start screen.
  • oh man a landscape mode would be great.
  • it sounds silly but thats so awsome. I love the transparent tiled look, i find it so origional and am over the moon itll be included, its  the small things:)
  • Yes!!! So worried that they would remove the background in the tile only. I'm really not a fan of the translucent tile over a full background. The details of the background would be fighting with the details in the tiles (info, icon, words), making it even harder to see. I think the translucent tile is just a bad idea visually cause the whole screen just looks messy.
  • Oh... One more thing. If they add a feature that makes the start screen flip to landscape mode like in the desktop, I think that would be cool. Also with the ability to flip all the way around, like when you can hold the phone upside down, like in tablets! I would like that. Phones like xiomi mi3 & the new iPhone have those features.
  • While I own a Samsung Ativ S and can't get Windows 10 for phone yet, the updated features sure sound pretty neat. An updated and far more functional notification centre, better streamlined browser, useful conversion calculator, office word, etc, and all for free... who can complain about a new feature rich multi device compatible operating system... cant wait for the full release of Windows 10 for both my laptop and phone.
  • What about music ?
  • That's great news! I was about to give that as a feedback!
  • Installing on my 830 now
  • Stop everything, leave wp as it is was, better still revert back to 7.5 or whatever the masses want and stop all future updates.... Good grief it actually sounds like some people were crying writing. Let them get on with it and see how it looks. Better still don't use wp, nobody forces you to.... There's things that have changed that I don't like about wp over the years but change NEEDS TO HAPPEN! if more people are going to join then they need to sort the platform out and add things that OTHER people want to see, otherwise it becomes stale and no new customers are attracted to the os then it dies and nobody gets it. Personally I'm looking forward to this MASSIVE update with tons of new stuff. This I can already see more friends of mine going for over android or ios... Give it time folks.
  • New apps, yes. But not much beyond. All the changes made will not convince a single customer. No real improvements on missing backend features, which make WP a mess for former Android users. Where is the killer feature? Where is the wow-factor? This discussion of having tile or accent colors finally using the alpha channel is plain ridiculous.
  • Maybe wcentral can give some insight. Is it possible to style a phone and a tablet exactly the same way? Without accent colors, but with fixed tile colors on tablets, I guess there is a huge difference. Wasn't W10 all about having a common system? Which one will be chosen?
  • ya man well said...  
  • I'm confused, I have a nokia 630 from cricket with os 9941.12498 and my tiles are fully transparent. Looks like it did before windows 10. Maybe it's a bug. A bug I'd like to keep
  • Id rather have transparent lockscreen
  • Wish i could change the shape of tile!
    Circle,hexagon or triangle depending upon application iconography.
  • A full screen background wallpaper with the ability to control the transparency percentage of tiles coupled with the same parallax effect in 8.1...along with the option of just accent colors (with color picker) and in tile wallpaper with parallax effect, large sized tiles, interactive as well as exploding tiles with live folders and i would be so much happy!
  • yesterday night i installed windows 10 in my lumia 730 dual sim phone , but now when i am trying to set background so it set's successfully but when i come back to main screen so there don't show any background :( ... really two times i have installed windows 10 and tried to make it fix but still the problem is same ? what to do  
  • doesn't matter. still looks worse than WP8.1. It looks like a bastardized windows 8 remote desktop session on a phone. awful.
  • My start screen is exactly the same in 10 as it was in 8.1
    Not sure what being talked about. My tiles are still transparent.
  • Add a background photo. You will see a change then
  • That's what I'm talking about, OPTIONS!!!!!!!
  • How about setting opacity for tiles??
  • the idea of transparent tiles.
  • Transparent tiles and background in the tiles are different features. Sounds like we're getting the latter via a toggle instead of truly transparent tiles.
  • Hallelujah. Maybe it's silly, but swapping backgrounds behind my tiles is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I've been going through great pieces or art from my local Art Institute of Chicago for the past few months. Having tiles cover them and reducing visibility would have been a drag. Also, the parallax effect makes just swishing your tiles up and down kind of fun.
  • Thumbs up! 'Options' almost always a good thing when it comes to personalization/customization. :)
  • whats the cheapest nokia phone out there cause i think im gona buy their cheapest phone in future, theres no point owning a flagship if i cant put a tech developer preview on it when lower priced and specd models can.
  •   YES! This is what I wanted to see. I love the transparent tiles.
  • I have a 830. The start menu , when you hit the win key takes forever to come up. Anyone else notice this