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Windows 10 Mobile is an upcoming mobile operating system developed by Microsoft. It is the successor to Windows Phone 8.1 and an iteration of the Windows Phone product line. However, it is treated as an edition of Windows 10, Microsoft's operating system for computers as part of Microsoft's plans to unify their platforms into one converged operating system.
Windows 10 Mobile aims to provide greater consistency with its personal computer counterpart, including more extensive synchronization of content, a new universal application platform that allows one app to run on multiple Windows 10 device such as personal computers, mobile devices, and Xbox, as well as the capability, one supported hardware, to connect to an external display and use a "PC-like" interface with mouse and keyboard input support. Microsoft has built tools for app developers to easily port their Android and iOS applications with minimal modifications. Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones are eligible for upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile, dependent on manufacturer and carrier support.
Microsoft had already begun the process of unifying the Windows platform across device classes in 2012; Windows Phone 8 dropped the Windows CE-based architecture of its predecessor, Windows Phone 7, for a platform built upon the NT kernel that shared much of the same architecture with its PC counterpart Windows 8 including file system (NTFS), networking stack, security elements, graphics engine (DirectX), device driver framework and hardware abstraction layer.At Build 2014, Microsoft also unveiled the concept of "universal" Windows apps. With the addition of Windows Runtime support to these platforms, apps created for Windows 8.1 could now be ported to Windows Phone 8.1 and Xbox One while sharing a common codebase with their PC counterparts. User data and licenses for an app could also be shared between multiple platforms.
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