Couple of days back when software giant, Microsoft has announced that they are testing Windows 10 on Xiaomi Mi 4 then lots of geek around the globe woke up and were trying to find out lots of questions regarding the same like how can someone install Windows 10, will it run on top of Android or it will provide a dual boot option so that users can select OS (MIUI or Windows 10) at the time of boot up or what. To give a rest to all these questions, Xiaomi’s VP Hugo Barra took Facebook and other social media accounts and provide some clarity on all these.
Hugo Barra said this is a wholly Microsoft led program which is being tested on selected power users in China only. Microsoft will select small number of Mi 4 users from MIUI forum who volunteer to be a part of this experiment. And Barra also said that Windows 10 wont run on top of MIUI or as a dual boot, just like any other custom ROM, you have to flash Windows 10 ROM via recovery.
Barra also said that this doesnt mean they will give up its relationship with Android, ‘Xiaomi continues to fully embrace the Android ecosystem through our MIUI software platform’.
Here is the full statement of Hugo Barra :-
We received many questions from Mi fans about an announcement made by Microsoft yesterday regarding Windows 10 Technical Preview for Mi 4 users in China. We’d like to clarify a few points.
- This is an experimental program led by Microsoft, working directly with the Mi fan community in China.
- Microsoft is working on a build of Windows 10 specifically for Mi 4 devices. This Windows 10 build will not be running on top of Android nor be available as a dual-boot option. A small number of Mi 4 power users from the Xiaomi Forum in China who choose to take part in this experimental program will have to manually re-flash their Mi 4 devices with this Windows 10 ROM, in the same way they would re-flash other Android ROMs.
- At Xiaomi, we are very supportive of users trying new things and we encourage them to do so all the time! That’s why all of our devices ship with unlocked bootloader, for example. That’s also why Xiaomi welcomes Microsoft team members to interact directly with members of the Xiaomi Forum in China. More details will be announced by Microsoft in the coming months. This program will only be available in China.
- Xiaomi continues to fully embrace the Android ecosystem through our MIUI software platform and we’re moving ahead full steam building many exciting new Android-based features and services.