Windows 10 Mobile Upgrade for Lumia Handsets Delayed to Early 2016

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If you were hoping to upgrade your Lumia handset to Windows 10 Mobile this month as promised, hard luck. Microsoft has admitted that the OS update won’t be ready until early 2016.

In a statement, Microsoft explained to ZDNet:

“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.”

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It’s also still unclear which handsets will get the upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile.

The operating system already features on new devices, including the Lumia 950. Microsoft’s plan is to regularly update the mobile OS—but clearly it’s not quite managing to keep pace this time round.

[ZDNet via Verge]

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DISCUSSION

With each passing week I see bugs being fixed; hell, every day there are new updates. System apps don’t occasionally close on me anymore, OneDrive finally uploads somewhat reliably and battery life is excellent.

Unfortunately, I am still experiencing problems with Bluetooth that a recent OS update didn’t fix. This means that although my phone still syncs with my Band 2 I can’t use it’s smartwatch functionality. I can’t access Cortana, respond to messages or handle calls from the Band. That’s particularly frustrating considering Microsoft’s own devices refuse to play nice with each other.

I think it’s smart to delay the update. Focus on the essentials before worrying about having to support a wider range of devices. If you really want to upgrade to Windows 10 you can always get the developer preview anyway.