The Best New Windows 10 Phone Features in 6 GIFs

By Eric Limer on at

The Windows 10 preview for laptops has been out for a while, but the beta version of the new Microsoft operating system only came to (a few, select) phones over the weekend. The update is very limited, so it's far from Windows 10 for phones in full. But! There's some cool stuff in there. Here's that stuff in GIF form:

You can now swipe away single notifications! Unlike Windows Phone 8.1, a huge gripe of mine:

The Best New Windows 10 Phone Features in 6 GIFs

The settings drawer is expandable, hiding extra toggles:

The Best New Windows 10 Phone Features in 6 GIFs

There's an infinitely handy little nub you can use to move your cursor around in text instead of tapping with fat fingers. I want this on all phones please:

The Best New Windows 10 Phone Features in 6 GIFs

A whooooole new, easier to read settings menu:

The Best New Windows 10 Phone Features in 6 GIFs

Tiles can get FLIPPIN' HUGE now:

The Best New Windows 10 Phone Features in 6 GIFs

And actionable notifications. Text back right from the top bar:

The Best New Windows 10 Phone Features in 6 GIFs

And that's just the beginning. Really, the most important part of Windows 10 on phones will be the universal apps, Windows desktop apps that will also travel over to the smaller screens in your life. It'll be a while before we start seeing those pop up though. In the meantime, these little improvements are a good teaser. Yep, Windows Phones are still (slowly) getting better.