Hands On with Windows 10 Mobile build 10080

While it is very rough around the edges when it comes to performance, Windows 10 Mobile build 10080 adds several new enhancements to the OS.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

May 18, 2015

3 Min Read
Hands On with Windows 10 Mobile build 10080

Last week Microsoft released the latest build of Windows 10 Mobile to its nearly 4 million Windows Insiders as the development process continues for Windows 10 Mobile.

In one word my description of this build is – rough.  

If you compare the quality of Windows 10 Mobile to the desktop version of Windows 10 you can understand why the mobile update will not hit devices at the same time as the desktop update. There is a lot of work left to be done.

The update process from build 10052 to 10080 was not an issue. In fact, I performed this upgrade as I was traveling north on I-95 moving at 70 MPH.

Of course, my wife was driving so I could focus on the update but with the Nokia Lumia 830 tethered to my Nokia Lumia 1520 as a hotspot the process did not take any longer than it would have at home.

The upgrade process from one build to another is quite routine these days. After getting the notice that an update is available it is downloaded, the phone prepares for the install and then the device reboots to start the installation by showing us the spinning gears.

After the install is done it reboots once again and begins migrating your data over to the updated OS. Once that is complete then the phone is ready to use. In the case of build 10080 it is ready for the most part.

By the way, if you want the Office Preview apps you must go into the new Windows Store Beta and download them separately as they are not installed by default in this build. Be sure to check out our image gallery of the new mobile previews.

One of the first things I noticed was that all of the MSN/Bing apps no longer had names in the All Apps list and the apps would not work. I had to uninstall them and then reinstall from the Windows Store (not the beta version).

The overall performance of this build is extremely sluggish and you do see the Loading… screen a lot as you move between apps and other screens.

Despite the bogged down performance there are enhancements sprinkled throughout this latest build. Those new additions include indications that Windows 10 Mobile will perform like a PC in certain circumstances – think Continuum for Phones that was demoed at Build and Ignite.

I need to get home so I can pair a BT keyboard and mouse with the 830 and try out the PC style usage so there will be more to follow once I am able to do that.

What do you think of Windows 10 Mobile build 10080 so far? Have you seen any other new features or weird bugs in this build?

But, wait...there's probably more so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Google+.

About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.


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