Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile

It’s been a long time coming, but Microsoft has finally bit the bullet, and signed off on a final, consumer-ready release of Windows 10 Mobile for consumers. If you’re using an eligible Windows 8.1 device, you can upgrade for free and enjoy all the new functionality and software features. There are some hardware prerequisites that promoted Microsoft to chop out some older devices from the upgrade cycle, and that’s likely what prevented them from upgrading all past Lumia phones that could run the Windows Technical Preview.

The following phones are eligible for the upgrade, which should be possible to do over the air, or while tethered to a PC and using the right software. If your phone has at least 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space, you should be able to upgrade even if you’re not on the official list. It’s possible that you’ll find more information on that on the XDA forums than the manufacturer’s official site at this point, although you can expect brands like HTC, Acer, and Samsung to get their act together soon. Here’s the list of phones Microsoft is officially recommending be upgraded today:

  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 930
  • Lumia 640
  • Lumia 640XL
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 532
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 540
  • Lumia 635 1GB
  • Lumia 636 1GB
  • Lumia 638 1GB
  • Lumia 430
  • Lumia 435
  • BLU Win HD w510u
  • BLU Win HD LTE x150q
  • MCJ Madosma Q501

Some of the choices are rather interesting as well. The Lumia 920 doesn’t feature here, nor does the Lumia 1020, or the Lumia 1320 phablet. It’s an odd list that also mostly is composes of Microsoft’s more recent devices. It makes sense that they don’t want to be stuck supporting older hardware, but it’s still disappointing that their original promise to get all Windows 8.1 phones on Windows 10 didn’t happen.

Source: Techreport