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January 31, 2015

Phone Insider app name change in preparation for Windows 10

Windows_InsiderPhone Insider, the Windows 10 preview app, has just been renamed to match its Windows counterpart. Now called Windows Insider, the app works in the same way but now, Microsoft allows you to login with either your Microsoft account or your domain account, not just your domain account as it was before. The good news here is that Microsoft is still on track to deliver the first Windows 10 for Phones build in February.

We should warn you now that these preview builds may interfere with the ability of your phone to function normally and you should make sure you have backed up before you try it.

The bad news is that not all Windows Phones will be eligible for this initial update. The app has a system requirements page in which it indicates that there are some limits based on either hardware or software. This is empty at the moment so we should see some more details next week
However, as it is only accessible through Windows Phone 8.1 it seems to be incredibly likely to be based on hardware requirements. We’ll find out more when Microsoft releases the Preview for Windows 10 next month. If you have Phone Insider on your phone then, opening the app will not open, instead it will update and change the app to Windows Insider. If you haven’t downloaded the Windows Insider app yet, you can get it for Windows Phone below

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini