Microsoft: all Lumias running Windows Phone 8 will be updated to Windows 10


While Windows 10 won’t be out before mid (or late) 2015, Microsoft can already confirm that all current Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8 / 8.1 will be updated to the new version of the OS. This means that even ultra-cheap smartphones like the Lumia 520 and Lumia 530 will run Microsoft’s latest OS next year, which is pretty cool.

The confirmation came this week via the official Lumia account on Twitter. Also mentioned was that “new Windows 10 models” will be released sometime in the future - but that’s hardly a surprise. Earlier this month, we heard that Windows 10 for phones was already in testing - with the Lumia 940 possibly being among the first handsets to run the OS (although, of course, at the moment we can’t confirm the existence of the 940).

We assume that most non-Lumia Windows Phone 8 handsets will also be updated to Windows 10. But that remains to be seen.

Windows 10 is a platform that will unify all Microsoft devices - PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and even wearables. While it will look slightly different, depending on device type, it will be the same OS at its core.

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87 Comments

1. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

very nice to hear. MSFT really catching up in everything.

26. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Update Windows 10 will cost you $199 That's M$ style

29. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

How do you know that.....?

31. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

He doesn't. He's just trolling.

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Oop! I did it again!! They promise Windows Phone 7 users the same thing what did they get? What excuse do they give when they offer them Windows Phone 7.5 instead? Maybe they already learned their lesson from Apple just called their would be Windows 8.5 to be Windows 10. Works for Apple! I will buy a proper Windows Phone 10 next year. Thank you!

34. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Further back I was also told that Windows Phone 6.5 would be free! Did that happen? And Windows CE 5 to 6 would be free, did that happen again? LOL! And Microsoft wonder why they have so many haters!! instead of fans.

37. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Bookmarked for when you are proven wrong about Windows phone 10.. Thank you for the fun I'm going to have.

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Google and Apple are both giving their OS for free. Only Microsoft is still charging for their OS, remember that while you have your so call fun!

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

Since when do you pay for updates for Windows PHONE?? I think you're confusing your OS's. I've never paid for a Windows PHONE update...EVER.

62. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What I said were Microsoft past doing, it does not mean they wouldn't change for the better. So I do hope Microsoft will give WP8 user a free and complete upgrade to WP10. If fact its better for me since I already have 4 units of Lumia 625. I can try out Windows Phone 10 without another purchase. In conclusion, Microsoft are just not great at keeping their promises.

63. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't know any of the big tech companies that have been great at keeping all of their promises. Do you?

65. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So far Apple and Google are still ok in my book. They did not make any big promise so there none to break.

68. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apple makes the promise of "premium" hardware and an OS that is "the most advanced in the world". Instead, you get bending, exploding hardware and an OS so bug-ridden, even the patches just present more bugs. Google gives you the "promise" of open source, but in actuality Google is locking down the OS more and more. You even have to adhere to certain guidelines set forth by Google if you want Google services on your handset.

83. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What you say are relative, different users may have different view. ASOP vs proprietary Apple design vs Microsoft design. Microsoft make a promise to me the consumer to give Apollo free to windows phone 7 user but did not deliver that breaking promises. What I don't understand is why windows phone fans can't face a simple truth that Microsoft is a jerk. They pull the plug on windows 7 user on Skype hoping they will move to WP8. I wonder how many WP7 user would tuck their tail between their legs and get wp8? Still let hope Microsoft new CEO deliver on wp10 promised.

51. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Google does not give it's OS away for free. I could lead you to their AOSP website, the part where to access certain features of android, you need to divvy up for the google version. And you want to use the green guy? Yup they get charged for that too. Apple, actually doesn't give their OS for free either. In reality, you pay for it through the hardware/software combo you are buying at a higher price than PC's. Not to mention somethings don't make it over. Like how wifi calling doesn't happen on the iPhone 4s but happens on the iPhone 5c etc. Of course MS actually released their OS for free of use for anyone wanting to build and sell a Tablet/Phone. Also you mention, 5 to 6.5, from 7 to 8. Yet not a single source ever from MS stated it would. MS stated they wanted to have 7 to 8 for phones, but hardware differences would not have had a unified experience.

39. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wonder if all WP8 devices will see all the new features, or will it be like iOS where certain devices will see more features then other WP8 devices.

52. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Hardware limitations, pretty much sums it up. Guess what, my Droid M doesnt have google now active listening...those liers and those cheats like iOS....eyeroll.

40. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I double-dog dare you to find me a link where MS "promised" or "confirmed" that WP7 would be upgraded to WP8. Go ahead. We will wait. What?? No??? No link?? No reference? REALLY??? Wow. I know why.... Because Microsoft NEVER ANNOUNCED IT WOULD HAPPEN. Nope. Not once. I was a WP 7 user. I was waiting, I was sure it would.. Nope. Didn't happen. They stated there was no upgrade path and they never dropped one hint otherwise. So just stop. Holding MS accountable for a "promise" that was only rumor by hopeful users like me is silly. They confirmed this will happen.... It will. Go about your business. Nothing to see here.

60. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

61. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have nothing against Windows Phone, in fact I plan to buy Windows 10 phone next year to try out the features just like I had with Windows CE 5, Windows Phone 6, Windows Phone 6.5, Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8. I share my thought and no one has to agree with it.

84. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Proof that hard core windows phone fan living in denied. I see only 10. Got to be more out there! LOL!

66. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Fact it's free if you are a Win 8 user...

43. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Full Windows running in 512 MB is a testament to the efficiency of the OS.

47. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Well said..

48. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

How many WP8 game require 1 GB to play?

53. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Less than .01% of the apps in the store go above that 512mb limit. And in fact, of the 300 that do require it, 290 or so are from the same developer that is using a crappy pump me out tool for games/apps. If we can have halo 4 on xbox 360 with 512mb of ram, there is no excuse for any game in the windows store to need more. Especially when the fastest ARM on the market just hit 360's tflops count...10yrs after the 360.

59. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

does your crappy developer includes Halo: Spartan Assault and Mass Effect:Infiltrator; And other high profile games as FIFA 13, N.O.V.A.3, Tiger Woods 12, The Amazing Spider-Man, Cracking Sands, Gerbil Physics, MONOPOLY, Rocket Riot, and The Sims 3). PLEASE DO NOT OVER promise AND UNDER deliver. If you tell people to get 512mb phone and the experience is no good they become hater. I always tell people to get the highest possible spec for the best experience and RedMi Note give 2GB Ram for $130 and that what I recommend. http://allaboutwindowsphone.com/features/item/17975_What_apps_are_incompatible_wit.php

76. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Ahhh yes, that old link. My next question is....Do you even Brain Bro? Funny part is i just pushed installed Halo Spartan Assault to my Nokia 635, you know the one with 512mb of ram. So no I wouldnt include them. How about the rest then? Well lets compare it to the iPhone 4s. Why? Because that to has 512mb of Ram. Now we can argue that iOS uses less mem footprint but it dont think that is the case. At least not enough to reduce texture sizes etc (which is a rather quick fix that can save tens of MB). Nova 3 - 512mb iphone FIFA 13/15 - iPhone 4s Tiger Woods - iPhone 4s Amazing Spider Man 1/2- iPhone 4s Cracking Sands - iPhone 4s Gerbil - indie game nothing it does should require 512+ Monopoly - 512mb Ready Rocket Riot - no longer published Sims 3 and Sims Freeplay at 512mb So i ask again, do you even brain bro? Yes lazy devs imo, not optomized, simple as that. RedMi Note 130? Not that a quick search found, and if it takes that long to search it means nothing. Newegg has one for 230+, i would point them to the 535 instead. Not to mention the redmi has 8gb internals with android that doesnt like to install much to the mem card like it used too. Where on the 535 they can.

85. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I already bought 4 units of redmi note and 10 units of redmi 1s directly from xiaomi rep. I paid 130 for Redmi note and 100 for redmi 1s. The truth is wp8 will not meet my requirements. They lacks the apps and for redmi 1s my company developer wants android for his project deployment. I even tease him asking how come he never mentioned windows phone 8. He give me a stern frown. Lol!

58. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

MS is a money crunching company. They are just doing it under pressure becz they are nowhere in the market and the leaders (Google, Google's partners and Apple) are giving atleast some updates. Even no competition was there MS won't even care to update 8 to 8.1 MS works for customers only when it is under intense pressure and fear to be out of the market!!

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