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Microsoft is testing a Windows 10 ROM that can wipe Android from phones
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Microsoft is testing a Windows 10 ROM that can wipe Android from phones

It's safe to assume that many Android fans may also be fans of Microsoft Windows fans, too. They might also be smug in the knowledge that Microsoft on mobile devices is of little threat to Android's dominance. However, Microsoft has a new trick up its sleeve - it's testing out a Windows 10 ROM in China which runs on Android devices.

Windows 10 is coming to take over your Android phone. Will you give it a go? / © Techcrunch

In an announcement about Windows 10, Microsoft said that it is testing the Windows 10 ROM on a small group of "power users" who own the Xiaomi Mi4 - which is an Android device. Sources speaking with Tech Crunch said that the ROM will effectively work like Cyanogenmod, and replace Android and all its services with Windows 10 and all it offers.

China is a country fond of installing custom ROMs on mobile devices, making it a good location for Microsoft to test its Trojan-Horse-like strategy to convert Android users from within their own phones. Microsoft hopes that letting people casually install Windows 10 on their Android devices will open more people up to the OS.

No release date has been set for the Windows 10 ROM, but Microsoft said that "availability will be announced in the months to come". If other custom ROMs are anything to go by, Windows 10 will probably be free for mobile devices, with Microsoft aiming to profit from people using the Windows Store, Office 365 suite, and other services.

As Android fans, you're probably not looking to buy a Windows phone any time soon, but if the OS will be available as an easy-to-flash ROM for your device, would you be interested in giving it a go?


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