Windows 10: Will Your Lumia Device Make The Cut?

As Microsoft gears up to formally introduce Windows 10, many are asking the pertinent question, "Will their Lumia device be upgraded to the latest Windows iteration?" Windows 10 is said to the first fully-integrated Operating System (OS) that unifies almost all major hardware platforms that Microsoft offers. However, the most rapidly evolving segment for the company is undoubtedly the mobile ecosystem, where the company is just starting to gather some steam. With the official release of Windows 10 just around the corner, every current Lumia — the brand that purely runs Windows OS — user will be fretting if their device is worthy enough to be upgraded to the latest version of Windows.

The answer, unfortunately, isn’t simple. When Windows 10 was formally announced as a unifying OS, the Lumia Twitter account had made a audacious claim.

“We plan to upgrade all Windows Phone 8 devices to Windows 10 in the future.”


However, not every Lumia device will eventually be upgraded owing to multiple reasons, the least of which is hardware capability. Though ideally, every Lumia device that runs either Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 may be upgraded to Windows 10, not every device has the hardware to support the features that Windows 10 will bring to them. Chris Weber, Corporate Vice President of Sales for the Microsoft Mobile Devices group made it amply indicative in his answers in a Q&A published on the Microsoft Lumia Conversation blog.

“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.”

Despite the clear dampener, Microsoft will surely intend to keep the majority of its Lumia users happy and prevent their migration to Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS after realizing their devices didn’t qualify.

Though carrier and OEM dependencies may severely hamper the rapid adoption of Windows 10, Microsoft does have Developer Preview program that lets any Windows Phone user install the latest updates to the platform even before their carrier or OEM has approved them.

Judging by the progress Windows 10 has made, it is safe to presume that the majority of the Lumia devices will get the update. Weber even promised Windows 10 for a wide range of devices, including the budget-friendly Lumia 435, the selfie-happy Lumia 735, or the gorgeous gold-edition Lumia 930.

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