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Universal Office and Xbox apps and new Store part of Windows 10 preview for phones build 10080

The just released Windows 10 Insider Preview for phones build 10080 may be the biggest yet in terms of new features. They include the new Windows Store design for phone apps, the long awaited Universal Office apps for phones and the new Xbox app.

Here's what Microsoft says people who download the new build can expect:

  • Windows Store Beta for phones: This build brings a first look at the new Windows Store in Windows 10 for phones. You will see it designated as Store (Beta). The Store Beta has a new visual design and if you've been using the Store Beta on PC, it should feel familiar since it's the built using the new Universal Windows Platform code. As a beta, there are a couple of known issues to be aware of with this Store app. Both the app selection and markets where the Store Beta is available are limited in this release. You can browse and search, as well as download apps. You can pay for those apps and games with options such as international credit card, gift cards and PayPal. However, carrier billing is not enabled yet. At Build, we announced that all Windows 10 devices (not just phones), will be able to support carrier billing. That means that the growing number of carrier billing connections we have today may be used by Windows 10 customers to purchase all Store content. We're also adding music, movies and TV shows into the Store for you to purchase and access across all your devices. Movies & TV page is functional. Music is not available in this build but will be coming soon. And just like on PC, the current Windows Store remains available in this build.
  • Universal Office apps: Now that the Store Beta is included in this build, you can download the Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote Preview apps. For more information on the Universal Office apps – read this blog post from the Office Blog. We know that you've been waiting to try these apps on your phones, so we're very excited for them to be available for you now.
  • Xbox app: The Xbox app for Windows 10 is also now available for phones in the Store Beta (version 4.4.230). With the Xbox app on your phone – you can access your activity feed, achievements, friends list, activity alerts, messages, watch Game DVR clips, and connect to your Xbox One. For more information, see this post on Xbox Wire.
  • Music Preview app: Access your music collection and play all your music – including songs you have added to OneDrive. The new experience for Now Playing makes it easy to swipe between songs and it looks great. We've got more improvements coming in future app updates that will be delivered through the Store Beta including a Live Tile showing what's currently playing, pinning favorites to your Start screen, exploring the full catalog and listening to Radio with an Xbox Music Pass, support for Kids Corner, the ability to shop for music in the Store Beta, and more. Download the Music Preview app here.
  • Video Preview app: Browse and play video files (including MKV files!) on your device. Try out filtering and sorting your collection and adding a folder of videos to include in your collection. You can also browse and play movies and TV shows you've purchased and rented from Xbox Video. Try starting a purchased video on your PC or Xbox and pick up playback right where you left off on your phone. In a future app update, we'll be adding the ability to download movies and TV shows for offline playback, new device management so you can manage your offline downloads on the devices you care about, improved search results, movie reviews and cast info, and more! Download the Video Preview app here (opens in new tab).
  • Check out the new Camera app: We want your feedback on the new Camera app for Windows 10! Make the Camera app your default camera app by going to Settings > System > Photos & Camera (or pin it to your Start screen) and let us know what you think. Note that high-end Lumia devices (1520, 1020, 930, 830, 640, and 640XL) have some features not supported by the new Camera app. For these devices, the new app will work but to get the full functionality from your device you will need to use the Lumia Camera app. In coming weeks we'll have updated versions of Camera apps with the superset of all features.

Source: Microsoft

133 Comments
  • Yay! New office apps are cool! Downloading 10080 now
  • One thing noticed that you can't download these apps in WP8.1 probably due to the store version.
  • Universal W10 app wont work on WP8.1
  • Are you sure? If it's true, than it would be big mistake.
  • Why? It's normal that you can't run apps from higer OS version on lower OS version. That is the thing on every operating system on this planet.
  • Well, thats not true at all... :-D
  • Yeah, but why would you expect Windows Phone 8.1 to have the full set of APIs for Windows 10 Universal apps, when it doesn't even have the full set of APIs for Windows 8.1?
  • Sorry for the off topic but are those your feet?
  • Hahahahhaahah lok u crazy Dude!!!!
  • Are you saying you should be able to play Xbox One games on a 360?
  • Why would it be a "big mistake" to support new Office on new Windows only? Current WP has office, current phones will be upgradable to w10 mobile.
  • why wouldn't you want planned obselesence?
  • Because market fragmentation is the COOLEST!!
  • It's no mistake.
    People should just update their phone and voila, they have them.
  • finally
  • Hope this Music Preview app will be a way much better than current Xbox music app.
  • Me too. But still it isn't even close to Zune. :(
  • Zune was great on desktop but they never created a good touch version.
  • There are also quite a few known-issues you guys should mention. Most of em require restarting your phone, but some require other action. Better do a post about them
  • They usually do. They need enough time to get enough clicks out of this article though...
  • I'm sure they're testing it as we speak. Edit: Already out.
  • I don't see other people having this issue, but my testing phone doesn't have store beta, and can't open settings :(
  • Can anyone tell me how safe this is for my daily driver 930 in terms of battery life and keeping app data etc please
  • Yes, sure. We already have a huge amount of experience of a 30 minutes-old build!
  • Too early to say. I won't suggest you to install on your only, daily driver, though.
  • Primary phone! No, don't try, unless it's fine for you to hard reset your 930 (it's easy actually with backup feature)
  • Eschew from using it on your daily driver. App data WILL be compromised. Link: http://wmpoweruser.com/here-are-the-known-issues-on-windows-10-mobile-bu...
  • let me check.... ah ok! you can use it... I tested here now and the batterry hold 3 days after the update
  • The battery hold 3 days? Di you mean keeps power for this long? That's worse than mine now, ok I'll hold of updating it for now :)
  • Nope. App data sync is broken.
  • Don't do it.  It is way to buggy to use it on your daily phone.  It will drive you crazy.
  • When are they going to start supporting phones like the Samsung Ativ S and HTC One M8?
  • HTC One (M8) for Windows is supported in this build.
  • Read the Windows blog post: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/05/14/windows-10-insider-p...
  • as soon as samsung and htc sell their phone divisions to microsoft ^_^
  • Hallelujah!
  • HTC 8X supports the update guys!
  • Well, it lets you download the app and to sign up but that is all it does. I haven't gotten any build yet on my 8x. That may be what you meant, but I had signed up before on the old Windows Insider app. Thanks.
  • Yup, same here. I just jumped into fast ring but there's no update download.
  • Re-open the Insider app and do the same steps again, I had to do it twice to get Update 2 and another for Win10 on my L830.
     
  • Thanks, I have tried that couple of times but no luck. Build is still not available for HTC 8X devices.
  • John Callaham is still awake
  • Maybe more bugs. Too many crash to my taste on lumia 1320. Dont see any bug fix on the build description
  • I guarantee there were many bug fixes in this build (though, I'm sure many more remain).  They were listing the new major features, not all the minor fixes.
  • Fast ring subscribers get new features faster, but fewer fixes for bugs. That's the deal. Either on fast or slow, you are going to have to deal with these early builds being buggy.
  • I installed new Windows Insider App and signed up for fast ring and then it reboots but nothing happens. I go back to Insider and it wants me to sign up again, and I do and it reboots and back to square one. Does the download come through the regular way or through the insider app?
  • It goes through Windows Update on your phone
  • It comes through the regular way.  Might just be some problems with checking since everyone's downloading as we speak?
  • Really want to hear what people r saying about this build before I install on my Icon - its my daily driver, if its somewhat stabile, ill jump in - if a lot of things are broken, and / or not working, ill wait.
  • I'm with you on this;)
  • I second that on my 930
  • I am going to test it on my Lumia 920, and if its OK, then it finds its way to my Lumia 930... :)
  • How release timing looking like? Min and Max month/year please.
  • This version of the preview is available now.  If you are talking about the final version, the release date has not been announced and any dates given are just guesses not worth relying on.
  • Earliest and latest by (approximate/guess) please
  • My guess, earliest is tomorrow and latest by Dec. 31, 2015.  That should pretty much cover it.
  • Nandela could surprise us and release final version today! And flagships to go with it!
  • Lmao that pretty much covers it then
  • Official release probably not until fall
  • Known bugs please
  • Read Microsoft's blog post.  See link(s) above.
  • Does it bring VPN or not?
  • Only new preview apps in this BUILD?
    Nothing new in the OS it self?
  • Looks like nothing major, maybe some minor bug fixes?  Hopefully, haha.
  • "Nothing new in the OS it self?" Of course there's new stuff in the OS but most of it will be under the covers. After several weeks' additional dev work, there are going to be several thousand fixes, perf / stability / compat / power improvements, lots of API and app platform improvements, etc. as the teams drive towards feature-completion and then onto polish.
  • Right you are bitcrazed
  • Please provide screen shots.
  • Installing on my secondary phone (520). Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Waiting for the article which describes the bugs before updating
  • Can you please tell me if theres am improvement for lumia 520 :)
  • Does either the new Store or the Xbox app have a filtered list of Xbox-only games? They used to have this in the Games app and Store app on WP8.0 but got rid of it in the Games app in WP8.1 and badly buried it in the Store in WP8.1. My hope is that the Xbox app on Windows 10 (PCs, tablets, and phones) will only show Xbox games. This will make it more likely for Steam gamers to switch to Xbox gaming on Windows 10. If they have to sift through a bunch of non-Xbox games and apps in the Store (as is the case right now in Windows 8.1 and WP8.1), they never will take Windows 10 Xbox gaming seriously.
  • ^ this! I've been wanting something like that since the beginning.
  • Leave them that feedback then.
  • I am really excited about the new music app. Please do keep us updated regarding the new features. :)
  • Looks like this is a more polished build, gotta try it tonight on my 930 :D
  • PayPal yessss
  • so now a 640 is "high end"
  • Lol I think the confused it with Pure-view devices that support Lumia Camera 5.
  • No, but compared to a 920, yes.
  • How so? The 920's SoC tested better than the 640's. The 920 has a better display. The 920 has OIS. What does the 640 do better, battery life?.
  • I'd say software support is its only advantage, dumb logic tells dumb people that quad core > dual core, they don't see that high end memory on the 920 is twice as fast, kind of like SSD vs HDD, audio DACs, antennas, materials etc everything is miles ahead in quality. if you want it simple than look at it this way: the lumia 920 was designed to be the best, while the 640 was designed to be cheap
  • That's really not true or relevant, in my opinion. The 920 was built on the S4 chip that competing devices had put inside 8 months prior, and follow-up devices would trump 4 months later. The 920 was built to have a great camera, a pretty good display, terrible battery life, and be on-par with the competition otherwise (if not worse). It was a flagship at its time, but it was released late into its SoC's life cycle. We saw it with the 1520. We saw it to an even-greater degree with the 925, 928, and 1020. We're about to see it with W10 devices that use an inefficient, near-replacement SD 810. The 640 wasn't meant as a flagship, but that doesn't change the fact that it's not THAT far from the 920, from a hardware standpoint. The 920 wins out mostly because of the camera, but it's not a dominating victory. Shoot, based on need/preference, you could argue it as the superior device, but you could honestly argue the Lumia 820 as better than either, and quite close to the 640 overall as well. --Just to answer how the 820 could be better than the 920 before anyone asks: The display resolution wasn't a MAJOR issue with the 820, as someone who has a 920 and whose sister had an 822 (since replaced by the ICON). The 820 ran on the same internals (MSM 8960 SoC). The 920 had the OIS on the camera, but not everyone needed that (not that it's to be ignored, it's helped me for sure). The 920 had built-in Qi wireless charging, but the 820 could get it via replaceable battery covers, which allowed for changing your device's color and swapping out the battery. The 920 had 32 GB of storage, but the 820 supported microSD cards (mass storage of media's a major reason I'd want such a thing, and load times for that would be neglibily different from built-in flash storage). The AMOLED display at a much lower resolution for the 820 led to a device that ran much cooler than the 920, and it gave it much-better battery life as well (as evidenced in comparing my 920 to my sister's 822).
  • Whats with Microsoft Edge?
  • John, The photo is awesome..
  • Do the lock screen notification icons work?
  • Can you finally see when an app is last updated? The windows store doesn't show that. :/ it sucks hugely.
  • Do you mean when was the last time an app got an update? If so then it's already here.
  • I have no clue what the fuck I just downloaded!
  • my 512 mb phone cant handle the lag anymore with all of this update.
  • It could use some more faster.
  • What about photos app. Did albums work??
  • My L930 went into an infinite restart loop after the install was finished... Any thoughts?!
  • I dnt think they even test the build on different phones in different scenarios they just push out the build ul find the bugs your self many users of the i con and 930 are having issues with black screen display microsoft ddnt know about this or they kept quiet abt it
  • Honestly I they are making apps for separate things then why do we have to wait for a new build to get these new apps and their features
  • NOICE
  • Would you please stop using screens with the News tile showing that murderer? It's little disturbing. Thanks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Chapel_Hill_shooting
  • I'm tempted to shove the preview onto my trusty 920... but knowing my luck I'll probably cook it during the install and crash my laptop in the process of reverting back lol.
  • Show me the new store!
  • Can't get Excel 97-2003 to open. Perhaps next build.
  • From my understanding, they don't plan to make that file format usable on this. Correct me if I'm wrong.
  • They've really out done themselves with the new music player. It looks cool for its first iteration.
  • I'm not able to install any of the office apps. It gets stuck saying "working". How did you guys do it?
  • Plus Music Preview not working either.
  • Orgasmic!
  • Insider Hub. Where did it go?
  • Why So many camera version. So it's the new one the one that says just camera right now am using the Lumia beta one on my 1520
  • great Windows 10! lovely OS
  • On my 930, I have "loading..." for an hour already...
  • Same on my 1520. Rebooted twice and it just goes into "Loading..." I don't know what to do other than flash 8.1 again and upgrade again.
  • No Store beta in Switzerland. No Office apps, no nothing. Switching location to US did not change anything :( Even OneDrive won't load my files. At least Outlook works, somehow.
  • So I switched to Germany, Store Beta is there, but I cannot download the apps. It's "Working". Perhaps it's overloaded if everybody tries to download.
  • Germany didn't work for me. No store beta, no outlook, no office apps. This is complete rubbish.
  • It's a separate app. Location Germany, Language German Germany. But I cannot download anything.
  • Why didn't they package the office applications in the build instead of the Store Beta?
  • I'd say they wanted to test delivery via new store. BTW after I got the Store beta, I switched language and region to US and I was able to download the Office apps.
  • Can't find any office downloads.
  • Wow am thrilled
  • /sigh, I'm guessing this Music preview app is still inferior to the original, baked-in WP8 Music app? And can we uninstall the crapware they added to the OS, such as making Video, Podcasts, Data Sense, Storage Sense, and Battery Saver into apps that clutter the list and can't be deleted?
  • Can we please have an article explaining what is "buggy" about windows 10 for phones. In all the articles it says that you "wouldn't recommend installing it on your main device". I have been reluctant to install it, but is it really that bad? What do people who have it installed think? Is it useable enough?
  • Let's see...you will get quite familiar with seeing "Loading...." on everything you do.  Moving tiles (almost none of them are live anymore, just like Windows 10) is hit or miss--I tried to drag the Twitter tile (the smallest one) up and the device hiccuped, leaving a MEDIUM tile for Twitter PARTIALLY OFF THE SCREEN!  Qutie a few of the settings don't work.  There are separate tiles now for wifi, bluetooth, airplane mode, etc., but when you pin those to Start the tiles don't necessarily match (the BT one shows a Settings gear).  I do NOT use the stupid NOtifications garbage, so I was glad to see the icons for those settings--I'd previously used Network Dashboard to get real live tiles for that.  The way you navigate EVERYTHING is just WRONG now.  I might as well be changing to Android or iOS, because this is NOT Windows Phone.  This is crap.  Idiotic garbage.
  • Lumia 930 can not display the main screen after this installation.
  • The new Store is ugly and user-spiteful.  What kind of idiots are designing all this?  Did they get them from some third-world country?
  • Totally agree. The universal store beat app doesn't look good on the phone. Much harder to navigate and use than the current store app on WP8.1. I'm hoping it's early days and they haven't yet tweaked the UI for small screens. Fingers crossed!
  • I'm in the US but don't have the new Store. Any tips on getting it to appear and function properly? Running an 830 on ATT
  • Anybody tell me does It have the transparency slider?
  • Yes, it has.
  • I wish to receive the final version of windows 10 on my HTC 8X
  • Can anyone tell me what wallpaper that is? It looks so cool!
  • Yeah, I need it too! :)
  • Man, this build is SUPER bugy.   
  • does call + sms filter work in this version
  • Why they have two different apps again, one universal and another win32? It supposed they support universal apps and create two different apps.