All Windows Phone 8 Lumia Devices Confirmed To Receive Windows 10 Update
Microsoft has confirmed that all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices will be upgraded to the mobile version of Windows 10 when it is released at some point in the next year.
Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 in September, saying that it has been designed to run across all types of devices, from small “internet of things” gadgets, to game consoles, to handheld tablets and phones, to laptops and computer servers.
Now the company has officially announced that all Lumia devices currently on Windows 8 will be able to receive the next big operating system update.
@Kalars07 We plan to upgrade all Windows Phone 8 devices to Windows 10 in the future 🙂
— Lumia (@lumia) November 13, 2014
Windows 10 remains in early development, so the company obviously isn’t revealing details as to when the update will hit the devices. Still it’s exciting news for Lumia handset owners running Windows Phone 8 or higher, including the entry-level handsets like the Lumia 520 and those running the first iteration of the OS being released as far back as September 2012.
It means Microsoft isn’t planning to repeat the previous mistake it made back in 2012, when it enraged its loyal Windows Phone 7 users by revealing existing devices wouldn’t update to Windows Phone 8. That was mostly due to the significant kernel change between the two OSes, but this is not going to be an issue this time as Windows Phone 8 and Windows 10 aren’t designed to have a drastic difference.
As said earlier, the move to Windows 10 will not be limited to smartphones; Redmond will carry the same experience over to the Xbox One console and potentially other devices as well. Since Windows 10 is tailored to adapt according to the screen size and input methods, so users will see an interface best suited to their device type.
However, there is no word out of Microsoft if it plans to release all the versions at the same time.
While Apple and Google still offer disparate OSes for disparate machines, Microsoft has been focusing on providing one platform for all the devices for the past several years, and now, it seems, Windows 10 will take things further.
Microsoft’s Windows chief Terry Myerson described the ideology behind this move. He thinks this will ultimately lead to a more effective and reliable OS running across those myriad devices.
“There’s quality that comes with scale,” Myerson told WIRED. “The same code being on the client? There’s so much quality and reliability that can then go into the server.”
Source: Lumia (Twitter)
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