Microsoft delays Windows 10 Mobile Upgrade

Microsoft delays Windows 10 Mobile Upgrade

Microsoft announced in early October that the Windows 10 Mobile rollout for existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices would kick off in December. But, with less than one week to go before the end of the year, Microsoft now says that the much-awaited software upgrades will not be available until later than expected.

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In a statement to ZDNet, a Microsoft spokesperson said: Microsoft says “This November we introduced Windows 10 to phones including brand new features such as Continuum and Universal Windows Apps with the introduction of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will begin rolling out early next year to select existing Windows 8 and 8.1 phones.”

Impatient users who do not want to wait for the official updates to be made available can install preview builds of Windows 10 Mobile by enrolling in the aforementioned testing program. Opting for the Slow Ring will give more stable builds, which will be better suited for devices used as daily drivers.

Microsoft still isn’t confirming which devices will get the upgrade, but the company previously said “it is our ambition” that the “majority of Lumia smartphones” get the update. Devices will require 8GB of storage, so that means some handsets like the Lumia 530 will be left out. Microsoft released the final version of Windows 10 Mobile alongside its Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

Microsoft hasn’t explained the reasons behind the postponement, although we suspect it’s to give its new software some much-needed polish. While testing the Lumia 950, we noticed a number of bugs and performance hiccups that could and should be ironed out. Windows 10 is an important play for Microsoft — it’s now or never if the company wants to gain some mobile market share — and the first step is to get longtime Windows Phone users on side.

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