Microsoft has finally started rolling out Windows 10 Mobile for select Windows 8.1 phones, while new Insider Preview Build 14291 pushed in the Slow Ring along with Edge extensions for PC.
It’s been quite a busy week for Microsoft. One of the first things to notice is Windows 10 Mobile Update for Windows Phone 8.1 devices is now available while the company also pushed a new Windows 10 preview build for PC and Mobile in the Slow Ring, and Insiders can get their hands on Build 14291.
To get the OTA update, make sure your phone is running Lumia Denim update (Version 8.10.14219.341, or higher) and has 1GB of RAM and around 1.5 GB of free space to unpack the update. As reported earlier, it’s just SW update and there’s is no FW update specifically. All eligible non-Insider phones will be upgraded to Build 10586.164. So if you’re an Insider in the Release Preview ring, you don’t need to anything if your phone is already running the version mentioned above.
Microsoft would like to be intent on getting as many as people running Windows 10 Mobile. And, the aim here is under a cloud of suspicion because the update is not available for each Windows Phone 8.1 device as promised.
Yes! You read it right. Windows 10 Mobile is rolling out to select for Windows 8.1 phones. The list of eligible devices includes Lumia 1520, 930, 640, 640 XL, 730, 735, 830, 532, 535, 540, 635 (1GB), 636 (1GB), 638 (1GB), 430, 435, Win HD w510u, Win HD LTE x150q, and Madosma Q501.
Unfortunately, the above list is missing Lumia 1020. The reason that Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul explained is stability and performance on Lumia 1020. In addition, Windows Insider team has also reiterated on Twitter that they don’t have any plans /or second wave to roll out Windows 10 Mobile on devices with 512 MB of RAM.
To Lumia 520, 720, 920, 1020, 1320 owners, don’t expect Windows 10 Mobile.
However, 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.
Besides, other OEMs including LG, HTC, Yezz promised to upgrade their respective Windows 8.1 phones, but the story is completely different now and up to manufacturers if they want to roll out “official” Windows 10 Mobile update.
Following the rollout of Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft has also expanded the list eligible devices for Insider Preview builds. Now all Windows 10 Mobile eligible devices can receive Redstone builds. Earlier, it was limited to new Lumia 950, 950 XL, 550, 650, Xiaomi Mi4, and Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL.
Microsoft also released a new preview build of Windows 10 for PC and Mobile for Insiders in the Fast Ring. The new build number for the preview version is 14291 for both PC and Mobile.
Despite Mobile build doesn’t come with significant changes, the PC build introduces the much-talked extensions support for Microsoft Edge. The Windows maker kicked off extension support with Mouse Gestures, Microsoft Translator and Reddit Enhancement Suite extensions, and the saga took off over the weekend with a few third party extensions including Tweeten, Turn Off the Lights.
Currently, Microsoft Edge extensions is still a work-in-progress thing, and you will need to sideload them manually. But once the feature gets matured, Extensions will be delivered through Windows Store.
To try out an extension, just click on “More” (…) at the top right in Microsoft Edge and click “Extensions” to open the Extensions pane and click “Get extensions”
In addition, an Edge engineer has confirmed that the company is working on a porting tool to run Chrome extensions in Edge. Companies like AdBlock and Amazon also plan to release Edge extensions later in 2016.
What’s new in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14291 for PC and Mobile
- Extensions support for Microsoft Edge browser (PC only)
- Pinned tabs in Edge browser (PC only)
- “Paste and go” and “Paste and search” feature in Edge browser (PC only)
- New Feedback Hub app which is a combo of Windows Feedback and Insider Hub apps
- Maps, Alarms and Clock apps updated
- Japanese one-handed kana touch keyboard
- Japanese Lined-mode Text Input Canvas
As for other changes, here’s what’s fixed and broken in build 14291 for PC and Mobile