Microsoft released another build of Windows 10 for the Windows phone this week. And I have to admit: I’m not a big fan of Windows 10 on the Windows phone. 

To be fair, Windows 10 has some stuff I like. Number one, it’s got this expandable menu bar at the top. On a Windows Phone with Windows 8.1, you only get one row. 

If you go into the settings now on Windows Phone 10, you can search for settings and you’ve got headings in here that are really nice. I like that.

When you go into the All Apps view, it’s got your recent apps at the top when you install them. So there’s a bunch of really great things in the OS.

But the killer for me -- the absolute showstopper -- is that in Windows Phone 10 you cannot have separate live tiles for each of your inboxes. 

Work-Life Balance

On my Windows Phone now, I have a big tile that is my work email, a big tile that is my home email and then another tile that is all my other emails -- Google and Hot Mail and all that kind of stuff.  

And so, if I’m on vacation or something like that, I can just ignore the work tile or I can take the work tile away and just have my home tile -- things like that. 

With Windows 10, with the new Outlook, all you have is an email tile. And then you have to go to the email tile and then pick the inbox that you want to look at. You can’t have more than one tile because you don’t technically have more than one inbox. 

That’s a showstopper for me. 

The way that I triage email on my phone and all that, I can’t do it. It just doesn’t work for me. And, with Windows Phone, there’s no way to put another mail client on, so you’re kind of stuck. 

And another thing … The app gap on Windows Phone is really starting to get to me. More and more often, I’m looking for an app and there’s just no Windows Phone app. 

A month ago, when my wife and I were running around London, there were all these places that had apps. So we got this thing called the London Pass, which is great. 

We spent, I don’t know, $150 on it, but it got us into a whole bunch of stuff. Well, there’s an app for that.  But there's no app for Windows Phone.

Or we would go to an attraction and they'd tell you, “Hey, scan here for our app.” The app would have a map and all kinds of supplementary information.

But there was none of that for Windows Phone. It just keeps happening over and over again. And it’s really getting frustrating to me.

Still Holding On

I haven’t given up on Windows Phone yet because I like the OS. But the hardware’s frustrating because they haven’t put out a decent phone in a while. It’s all been these lower-end ones.

And I’ve seriously been considering going back to Android. I think when Windows 10 comes -- if I make it until Windows 10 RTM -- if it’s got the single inbox thing, then I’ll go.

See For Yourself

You can get the Windows 10 preview by going to Windows Insider Program, the same place you sign up for the Windows 10 for desktop preview. There’s a Windows Insider app that you get from the marketplace, install on your phone and then you can get into the rings and all that and get Windows 10 on your phone

Before you do it, make sure that you know where the recovery tool is because when I put the last Windows 10 update on my phone I had to revert it right back. 

The Windows Phone Recovery Tool makes it simple to get Windows 8.1 back on your Windows Phone, your Lumia or whatever. 

So if you get 10 on there and find out you don’t like it, you can reset it back to 8. That’s what I ended up doing, but Windows 10 is out there if you want the new version. The newest build is 10,080.

Controlled Updates

Another interesting thing for Windows Phone: Microsoft announced that it would be controlling Windows Phone patches going forward.

Learning Opportunities

One of the constant problems that Windows phones have — and Androids have — is you buy a phone, and most people get them on contract so you get this phone and you’re stuck with it for two years. It’s got whatever the current version is of that OS – Windows Phone or Android.

But then as new versions of your OS come out, your service provider, Verizon or whatever, doesn’t give you an update for it.

So Microsoft announced last week that they are going to control that patch and they are going to allow people to patch their Windows Phones outside of their service providers. And so the Internet was like, “Hey, how can they do this? It’ll never happen.” 

They kind of said that they were going to do this in Windows 8. It didn’t really work the way that they meant but one thing that I was curious about was we’ve been able to do this for a while through the preview for developers. 

So if you’re on Windows Phone 8 or 8.1, and you want the fastest, newest builds of Windows Phone 8.1 you can sign up for the preview for developers even if you’re not a developer. 

There’s some, you know, gross feelings that come from saying you’re a developer when you’re not. I get that, but if you sign up for the preview for developers, then Microsoft can push down the OS updates to your phone. 

Now there’s some firmware stuff that you can’t get. That you have to get from your carrier, but you can get the OS updates to your phone directly from Microsoft. 

And we’ve been able to do that for a year, year and a half now. That works pretty well. 

And, again, Windows 10, if you’re doing that preview on your phone, you have the same options.

I know with iPhones that’s mostly the same way. You know, iPhones are on AT&T and Verizon and U.S. Cellular and all that. And, from what I understand, Apple pushes out those updates. I’ve never had an iPhone so I don’t know how that all works but I’m guessing Microsoft would like a similar model for Windows Phone. It will be interesting to see how it all happens.

And There's More

So people who listen to my podcasts and have suffered through it and thought, “Oh, my God, I could so do better than that idiot,” and they’re right. They could. So I’ve had several people tell me over the years that I have inspired them to do their own podcast and that’s super cool. Here's how a podcast is born.

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