Complete guide to Windows 10 mobile features, apps and devices

Last updated:May 2016

Editor's note

One of the big issues users had with Windows 8 was that the operating system was too focused on mobile devices. The entire OS was oriented toward touch-friendly devices.

So when Microsoft released Windows 10, one of the main goals was to put Windows 8 and its host of problems to bed. That does not mean the company threw mobility out the door. Quite the contrary, Windows 10 mobile features are plentiful. From Windows 10 Continuum to Universal Windows apps and everywhere in between, Windows 10 aims to make users' mobile lives easier.

Explore the new Windows 10 mobile features, how Windows 10 mobile apps and Windows 10 mobile devices work, and much more.

1How do mobile apps work on Windows 10?

With Universal Windows apps in Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to deliver a seamless experience for apps across all devices. That means a user can do all the same things with an app on a smartphone that he can on a laptop or even an Xbox. To allow users to work with Apple iOS and Google Android apps on Windows 10, developers must turn to two software developer's kits (SDKs) from Microsoft.

2How mobile devices take to Windows 10

A lot of mobile devices work with Windows 10. The 2-in-1 tablet market is particularly attractive because of Continuum. Depending on what Windows 10 devices users work with, they may be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10 or they may not be able to upgrade at all. The Surface and Surface Pro upgrade just like a desktop, but the Surface RT, which Microsoft no longer produces, cannot receive an upgrade.