Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at the Future Decoded conference in Mumbai, India, February 22, 2017. Reuters/Shailesh Andrade

IT giant Microsoft has started taking registrations for its Windows Insider Program for Business. Incorporating the Insider Preview in the company’s deployment plans will go a long way in preparing for the next update of Windows 10. Such developments on the Windows 10 front could also ease out the release of the Microsoft Surface Phone, which is a highly-anticipated device for the Windows Phone fans.

The Program has been designed to better support business users and IT professionals who are part of the Insider community. Tech professionals can now use their corporate credentials to down the Windows 10 Insider builds. The program will also help in the deployment of new tools and services quicker and help secure a user’s applications and increase productivity and confidence.

“This option will also increase the visibility of feedback submitted by you and others in your organization – especially on features that support your productivity and business needs. We’ll also help you deepen your connections with the IT Pro community, collect feedback within your organization, and resolve blocking or critical issues to better support your organization’s needs sooner,” says Microsoft.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is said to be building a Windows 10 phone that will replace one’s laptop and desktop. Official details about the Microsoft Surface Phone are limited. The Windows 10-powered device could come with a radical design and some pretty unique features. The three editions expected are a business edition, consumer edition and an enthusiast edition. A new patent filed by Microsoft also mentions a device with multiple flexible hinges. This could mean that the device could function both as a tablet as well as a smartphone.

The device maker could also be developing a removable keyboard and a pen to make business users and professionals more productive. User will be able to run Windows program on the smartphone. Due to the availability of Win32 apps, it is expected that Android and iOS users may also look to shift to this kind of a phone. As of now, an Intel Kaby lake processor is expected in the Microsoft Surface Phone. Earlier, Qualcomm and Microsoft had talked about their plans to bring Windows 10 support to devices running Snapdragon chips.

The phone will be a productivity-oriented and secure handset. One of the possible reasons that is delaying the release of the device is the company’s effort to bring a device that won’t simply be a smartphone packed with powerful specs. Stay tuned on IBT AU for more updates on the Microsoft Surface Phone.