Windows Phone 10: smaller icons, Office hub remova may not go down well with users
Windows Phone 10 is one of the most talked about issues in the tech circles. The latest build from Microsoft released with great fanfares is being praised by many people as something unique. And to be true it is nothing short of being exceptional and very enticing given the features it comes with.
The latest build comes with universal apps, which actually run very efficiently on desktop Windows 10 and on phones and tablets. ItÂ comes with several exciting apps including Phone, Messaging, People, Maps, Mail and Calendar. These apps look simple, but these are must have and the fact that these are integrated, make them all the more user friendly.
But some people may miss the Office hub, which provided viewing and editing for Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. This is because a more capable universal version of these apps is on the way. A preview of Universal Office is already available for Windows 10 on PCs, but Microsoft has more work to do in scaling it for the phone.
There is no denying the fact that the arrival of the apps is changing the character of Windows Phone, and not altogether in a good way. The new Microsoft apps have more functionality than their predecessors but they are currently less well tailored to the requirements of a phone UI. The main reason is compromise introduced by the universal app concept, which includes a single UI for all display sizes that morphs according to the current screen and device.
On the other hand, some people claim that the simplicity- and clarity-focused Metro concept has gone and that this is simply not good for Windows. Now it comes with busier screens, more use of icons and smaller, more delicate typography. But everyone is unanimous that the new phone app is better looking than the old one but the numbers are less distinct and the captions for the icons are in a small font size.