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.
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.
“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.