Microsoft's Windows 10 preview for phones brings Project Spartan browser to mobile devices

The second public build of Windows 10 for phones offers new apps, including a preview of Project Spartan.

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The latest preview of Windows 10 has arrived for Windows phones, and it brings a slew of new features to a far larger list of Windows Phones.

The adventurous among us will find a slew of new apps and features, including revamp Phone, Messaging, and People apps. The Maps experience has been given a makeover, integrating Bing Maps and HERE maps to offer local search and voice-guided navigation. Of particular interest will be the new Outlook Mail app, which borrows some of Microsoft Word's muscle to give you more powerful editing and formatting tools while you're crafting emails.

There's also an early version of Microsoft's Project Spartan browser. It won't feature many of the bells and whistles we see in the PC version and isn't the default browser for Windows Phones just yet, but this preview should give us an idea of where Microsoft's latest browser is headed. We can also expect a lot of bugs -- I'd advise against installing this preview build on a phone you depend on.

The first preview of Windows 10 on mobile devices arrived back in February, but it was limited to a handful of devices. Quite a few more phones are invited along for the ride this time: check out the Windows blog for the full list.

As with the Windows 10 Technical Preview on PCs , you need to be a member of the Windows Insider program to get in on the action. It's free, so hop on over to the Windows Insider site to get started. Then, point your phone's browser to the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones page to grab the Windows Insider app for your Windows Phone. And then, we wait: Microsoft's servers are predictably being waylaid by folks itching to give Windows 10 a shot on their Windows Phones. While you're waiting, be sure to stop by our one-stop shop to learn more about Windows 10.