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Here’s how Microsoft plans on converting Android smartphones to Windows 10

Apart from announcing that the much-awaited Windows 10 is coming this summer, Microsoft revealed another nugget of interesting intel. It said that Xiaomi has come on board to test Windows 10 on certai

Windows 10 on phones

Apart from announcing that the much-awaited Windows 10 is coming this summer, Microsoft revealed another nugget of interesting intel. It said that Xiaomi has come on board to test Windows 10 on certain select Mi 4 devices, sparking off a lot of debate among the geeks. While the world was still doing the moths on this development, Microsoft told TechCrunch, that it plans to bring software specifically targeted to convert Android users to Windows Phone users.

Betting big on its Windows 10 OS for phones, Microsoft believes that after testing this software, many Android users will convert. The company also confirmed that more smartphones will get this software over time. This means that more Android phones will get the Windows 10 software, apart from the Xiaomi Mi 4.

Another big question is exactly how Microsoft plans to get Windows 10 running on an Android device, as official details on that front are rather scarce. Speculations of a dual-boot option or a customROM started surfacing. The publication, citing internal sources, reports that the trialed software will ‘effectively override Android, turning the Xiaomi phone into a Windows 10 device complete with Microsoft services.’

The report states that Windows 10 won’t come to Mi 4 in a dual-boot option, but rather in the face of a ROM, much like how CyanogenMod works. “Xiaomi Mi 4 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,” the company told the publication.

The company gave a vague timeline of ‘availability will be announced in the months to come’ for the Windows 10 update to select Xiaomi Mi 4s.

  • Published Date: March 18, 2015 5:45 PM IST