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Microsoft Sends Mixed Messages on Windows 10 Phone Upgrades

Earlier this week, Microsoft implied that Windows 10 would be available as a free upgrade to all smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1, but it may not be quite that simple. A recent blog post from Microsoft suggests not all handsets will be treated equally.

In an interview with the official Lumia blog, Microsoft mobile sales chief Chris Weber offered a bit more information on the company’s software upgrade plans. If you’re thinking of picking up a new Windows phone don’t worry, Weber says the latest Lumia devices will all get Windows 10. But the same may not be true for slightly older models.

Here’s the full quote:

We’re making it as easy as possible to get Windows 10. Windows 10 has been designed to run well on today’s Lumia phones. Like any upgrade to a new platform, not every phone will upgrade or support all possible Windows 10 features, and certain features and experiences will require more advanced future hardware. Our goal is for the majority of the Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 to join the Windows ecosystem along with an expected hundreds of millions of PCs, tablets and other devices running the next generation of Windows.

We’re not quite sure what to make of that quote, though hopefully most Lumia devices will get Windows 10 eventually. It’s pretty clear a few older models won’t make the cut, but we don’t know which ones. We should have a better idea when the preview of Windows 10 for phones starts rolling out in February.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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