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Windows 10 Mobile Release Date: March 17. Although, Microsoft is yet to confirm it officially, what seems almost a certainty is that the mobile OS is finally here for the older Lumia phones.

UPDATE: Microsoft has officially begun Windows 10 Mobile OTA Update for older Lumia phones. To check the availability for your Lumia phone, download and install Update Advisor app from the store.

The transition to Windows 10 Mobile for older Windows phones –more precisely Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8.1 — finally seems to be in the offing, with the D-Day likely to be March 17, revealed a person privy to Microsoft’s plans to VentureBeat. A formal announcement to this effect from the Redmond-based company is expected anytime now.

Evan Blass, who is better known by his Twitter handle @evleaks, has also confirmed the unannounced update will indeed be arriving on March 17, basing his claims on a Microsoft insider with knowledge of the matter.

Details are scarce at the moment though what is known is that Windows 10 Mobile update will follow the ‘pull model’ rather than OTA methodology. What this means is that the eligible phones that are set to receive the update during the initial stage will have to initiate the upgrade process manually. This will be followed by the ‘push model’ where Microsoft will be triggering the upgrade process.

T-Mobile Croatia too has confirmed March 17 as Windows 10 Mobile release date. The carrier even has come out with a list of eligible Windows phones which will be receiving the update in the first lot.

T-Mobile Croatia Windows 10 Mobile update release date

These include the single and dual sim versions of Lumia 435 and Lumia 535 along with the single sim version of Lumia 635, 640, 640 XL, 735, 830, 930, and Lumia 1520.

Carriers like Vodafone Australia and Vodafone Italy had earlier reported that the Windows 10 Mobile update will be made available this month.

Another development which is being considered quite significant to support the rumored release date for Windows 10 Mobile is the proclamation on Microsoft site that the latest mobile OS is already on Lumia devices.

Windows 10 Mobile Release Date

“The latest and greatest Windows experience is now on Lumia smartphones,” reads Windows 10 Mobile homepage. Earlier, it used to be: “The latest and greatest Windows experience is coming to Lumia smartphones”.

Microsoft had earlier gone to town claiming the latest mobile OS will be reaching older Windows handsets by December though that never happened. The company’s complete silence on this only added to the confusion while creating the perfect playing ground for rumor mongers to get into the act.

That was followed by several rounds of hits and misses on this with Microsoft Mexico claiming in a Facebook post that the update will be rolled out by February 29. Then Vodafone Italy claimed that the update would be coming during the week starting March 7. And now, sources from China claimed, and what seems to be ultimately the truth is that the update is indeed getting rolled out on March 17. Still a confirmation from Microsoft will do a world of good to let the confusion to rest once and for all.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Would be nice if it was true 🙁 unfortunately it is not. I have been trying since very early today and nothing yet. Seems like another B.S bogus rumor. Very sad that was one of the reasons I bought my 640 was for it’s promise of Windows 10.

    • The OTA update is now available. And the list of eligible Windows 8.1 phones for the update includes: Lumia 1520, Lumia 930, Lumia 640, Lumia 640XL, Lumia 730, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, Lumia 532, Lumia 535, Lumia 540, Lumia 635 1GB, Lumia 636 1GB, Lumia 638 1GB, Lumia 430, Lumia 435, BLU Win HD w510u, BLU Win HD LTE x150q, MCJ Madosma Q501.

      Did you try the Upgrade Advisor app?

    • MS only released the code to the carriers. The carriers now get to test the release and then they decided when to roll it out or send back to MS for further revisions.

  2. Used upgrade app on unlocked AT&T 640 (and also on a still locked ATT 640) and it tells me it will notify me when upgrade is available.

  3. Microsoft has been making these builds available to the Windows Insider program for months. I was hesitant to upgrade my phone, as I rely on it for business travel and didn’t want to brick my phone. However, I got tired of waiting and upgraded my phone via the Insiders program. The upgrade went smooth as silk. Glad I did it…

  4. Big let down!!!! Promised in the beginning that ALL Windows 8/8.1 phones would be updated to Windows 10 Mobile. Even verified the HTC One M8 was part of the group of devices used during the development and test phases. Now that it’s been released I learn that only select Lumina devices will receive the update. Seems Microsoft is going the way of Apple only supporting their own devices. Although I enjoy using Windows 10 on my desktop, laptop, and tablet, I really feel betrayed by Microsoft and Verizonwireless

    • Yes! They don’t have any plans /or second wave to roll out Windows 10 Mobile on devices with S4 processor /or 512 MB of RAM. Although Windows Phone 8.1 devices that will not receive Windows 10 Mobile update officially, can be the part of Windows Insider Program and can receive Windows 10 bits, but it will be limited to the Production Ring. This means that those devices will be entitled to receive cumulative updates (Build 10586.XXX) only.

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