At the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in China, Microsoft announced the expected launch of Windows 10 in this summer to 190 countries first. To much surprise, Microsoft also announced one thing which was least expected – making Android phones run Windows 10 for Phones.
Yes, you read it right. Microsoft is teaming up with the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi to test Windows 10 on select Mi4 devices . Terry Myson of Microsoft mentioned on Windows Blog that
Through a new program with Xiaomi, one of the top smartphone distributors in the world, a select group of Xiaomi Mi 4 power users will be invited to help test Windows 10 and contribute to its future release later this year. These power users will have the opportunity to download the Windows 10 Technical Preview – installing it and providing their feedback to Microsoft.
According to TechCrunch, Microsoft is in plans of developing a ROM, much like Cyangogen , but this is based on Windows and it is expected in giving a stock Windows experience on Android devices. Microsoft provides even more interesting details by sharing information regarding this issue with The Next Web as below:
As part of the Windows Insider Program, Microsoft will partner with Xiaomi to offer Windows 10 free downloads to a select group of Xiaomi Mi4 users. Xiaomi Mi4 users will get the ability to flash their phones with the new Windows 10 OS and provide feedback to Xiaomi and Microsoft on their experience. This partnership will allow Xiaomi and Microsoft to get direct user feedback and continue to improve the experience for China. Microsoft is thrilled to see Xiaomi embracing Windows 10 and offering this great value to their customers. We’re excited to see the feedback we receive from this audience.
Xiaomi is a leading phone manufacturer in China undergoing significant global expansion. We are excited to partner with them in China and jointly gather feedback from Chinese users on their experience with Windows 10 to jointly collaborate on product and services development for the platform.
Availability will be announced in the months to come.
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