The Windows 10 Mobile update isn’t happening until late February, according to a tweet by the social media team of the French mobile carrier, Bouygues Telecom. Interestingly, the same team had earlier pegged the tentative release schedule of the much-anticipated update to this week itself.
Unfortunately, the above bit of information throws up more questions than it answers. The lack of any official statement to this effect from Microsoft has only added to the confusion. For instance, it isn’t known if the delay applies to the French carrier only or if the pan world rollout of the update too is pushed back.
Further, what isn’t also known at this point is if it is the French carrier’s delay in its own homologation process for the Windows 10 Mobile that has pushed back the launch schedule or the buck ends with Microsoft itself.
The above however contradicts an earlier development wherein Vodafone Australia had stated they have completed the software testing phase for Microsoft Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL, Lumia 735 and Lumia 930 so that the actual rollout process should begin anytime soon.
With this being the state of affairs with Windows 10 for mobile devices, they’re just three smartphones – Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and the Lumia 550 – in the market running Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system. Microsoft also has another smartphone, the Lumia 650 lined up for a launch early February, which too will feature Windows 10 Mobile right out of the box.
Microsoft has stated the Windows 10 Mobile will initially be made available to the older phones which include the Lumia 430, Lumia 532, Lumia 535, Lumia 540, Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL, Lumia 735, Lumia 830 and Lumia 930. This would be followed with the mobiles running Windows Phone 8.0 getting the update.
As for the Windows 10 Mobile itself, it marks Microsoft’s bold initiative to offer a single OS for use on platforms as diverse as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. While the OS itself has come for a lot of praise, the same can’t exactly be said for the mobile version of it.
From the persistent issue of the lack of apps to frequent app crashes and slow load times, the Windows 10 Mobile has it all. That said, the latest mobile version of the Windows operating system does exhibit a marked improvement over what was evident with the earlier Lumia phones and things are expected to only improve further on this.
Another standout feature of the Windows 10 Mobile is its ability to hook onto an external display wherein the smartphone can function as a mobile PC as well.
UPDATE-1: According to VentureBeat, Microsoft has sent an email to its OEM partners, which reads Windows 10 Mobile is “not ready yet,” and will now occur in early to mid-February.