Windows 10 Technical Preview is coming to more Lumia devices, according to Microsoft’s latest blog post on the subject. They point to a total of 36 devices being introduced and supportive of the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview. It now boils down to virtually every Lumia device on the market right now – supporting Windows 10 Technical Preview.
That though doesn’t mean that an update to the experimental operating system is necessarily a good idea. Microsoft points out directly that primary devices really shouldn’t be updated to Windows 10 Technical Preview, because of the bugs and risks associated with it. Files can abruptly be deleted, and programs, too, can disappear without warning.
Here’s the preliminary list of all supported Lumia devices:
|Lumia 1020||Lumia 630 Dual SIM||Lumia 920|
|Lumia 1320||Lumia 635||Lumia 925|
|Lumia 1520||Lumia 636||Lumia 928|
|Lumia 520||Lumia 638||Lumia ICON|
|Lumia 525||Lumia 720||Lumia 430|
|Lumia 526||Lumia 730||Lumia 435|
|Lumia 530||Lumia 730 Dual SIM||Lumia 435 Dual SIM|
|Lumia 530 Dual SIM||Lumia 735||Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV|
|Lumia 535||Lumia 810||Lumia 532|
|Lumia 620||Lumia 820||Lumia 532 Dual SIM|
|Lumia 625||Lumia 822||Lumia 640 Dual SIM|
|Lumia 630||Lumia 830||Lumia 535 Dual SIM|
Something users have been noticing from the list that Microsoft shared, was the fact that it didn’t include any of the primary devices made by companies like HTC or Samsung. That was likely intentional given the fact that Microsoft can have more control over the Lumia lineup and ultimately can tailor the update to these devices more effectively than they can with third-party OEMs.
Perhaps the most interesting takeaway from the entire Windows 10 Technical Preview update is that Microsoft is now letting an array of device types handle the updated software. That includes high-end devices, all the way down to low-end devices that run Snapdragon 200 processors and have as little as 512MB of RAM.
Microsoft understands that they need to make this operating system as appealing as possible heading to the launch this summer or fall. At this point, it doesn’t really matter how it launches or how successful it is, right off the bat. The major thing that users are going to be doing, as they are now, is comparing how the system runs when held against Windows 8.
Windows 10 Technical Preview is being billed as a method for Microsoft to understand what users like, or dislike about the Windows operating system as a whole – but most notably – it’s billed to appease those who were looking for alternatives altogether, given the lack of success and general discontent with Windows 8.