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Microsoft promises Windows 10 upgrade for all WP8 Lumias

by Mark Tyson on 14 November 2014, 13:05

Tags: Windows Phone, PC

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Microsoft has spoken extensively about its plans for Windows 10 on PCs and tablets. However it would seem that the company will not be making the same mistake twice on the smartphone side of things – where it abandoned its WP7 user base with the move to WP8. Thus Microsoft has officially confirmed that "there will be Windows 10 upgrades for all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices" in a public Tweet .

Microsoft previously explained its strategy, which will consolidate Windows RT and Windows Phone into a single unified OS. There was no expectation for Microsoft to reveal more regarding this until next year since the upcoming mobile OS remains in early development and it is busy with Windows 10 for PCs.

The Windows 10 upgrade news for Lumias will certainly reassure many current Windows Phone handset owners, or those considering purchasing one in the near future, who remember Microsoft's decision back in 2012 not to upgrade its Windows Phone 7 users to Windows Phone 8.

Windows Central also points out that Microsoft's Lumia team left out the word 'phone' from the Windows 10 upgrade description, underlining Microsoft plans to phase out the Windows Phone brand when implementing Windows 10 on mobile smart devices.

The first handsets running Windows Phone 8 were released as far back as September 2012 yet even the cheapest entry-level handsets, such as the Lumia 520, will be in line to receive an OS update. Although the Lumia Twitter account fell short of mentioning the rollout dates of the Windows 10 upgrade, recent reports have indicated that the company is already testing the Windows 10 platform for handset devices.

What do readers think about Microsoft's Tweet regarding Windows 10 upgrades for Lumias?



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Nice to know my aging 520 will still be updated, a far call form what budget andriod phones get.
Impressive support from Microsoft on Mobile. Hoping they may extend this free upgrade to Windows 8/8.1 users on desktops too =) I have heard rumours about it, but will believe it when it actually happens =)
Thus Microsoft has officially confirmed that “there will be Windows 10 upgrades for all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices” in a public Tweet. … The first handsets running Windows Phone 8 were released as far back as September 2012 yet even the cheapest entry-level handsets, such as the Lumia 520, will be in line to receive an OS update.
The cynic in me would jump on the lack of mention of the word “Nokia” to mean that this announcement only applies to the just-announced Microsoft Lumia's - but I hope I'm being stupidly cynical and it's just shorthand for all Lumias. The optimist would wonder - loudly - how come Microsoft can support devices over 24 months old, yet an Android phone of similar vintage is going to be left out in the cold. I mean the equivalent is like saying that the Galaxy S3 is going to get Android L! (which would be nice).
Having the update available and your phone still being usable arent the same thing though.
Impressive that my humble Lumia 620 will be getting this. Microsoft are getting pretty assertive with Windows 10.