Windows 10 phone preview tests out universal Office, Xbox apps

Microsoft's latest preview version of Windows 10 for phones is here and whether you prefer work or play -- or non-Lumia Windows phones -- it has something new to offer. This is the first one ready to test out the new Universal Office apps (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote) that are built to run across PCs, phones and tablets alike. Control them via touch, pen, keyboard -- whatever you have they're ready to do business. This access arrives because build 10080 is also the first with a beta version of the new Windows Store. It's a universal app too (notice a theme here?) with a new look, but there are some known issues and the old Store app is still there in case you need to fall back on it. Microsoft announced that it would bring carrier billing for all with the new app and while that's still on the way, it's not enabled yet.

For your entertainment the Windows 10 Xbox app is making its debut on phones, along with updates for the Video, Music and Camera experiences. Finally, it has support for even more devices. That list includes the Lumia 930/Lumia Icon, Lumia 640 and 640XL, and the first non-Lumia phone with access to the preview -- The HTC One (M8) for Windows. Sure, Windows 10 won't get a proper release on phones until after the desktop version arrives, but clearly the team is still hard at work -- just sign up here and then double check the blog post for all of the updates and known problems before installing.