Microsoft working on a way to update low-end Windows Phone handsets with parts of Windows 10

Microsoft working on a way to update low-end Windows Phone handsets with parts of Windows 10
A tweet sent out on Sunday by Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has some hopeful news for those with entry-level Windows Phone 8.1 models with 512MB of RAM. Owners of those handsets probably figured that they would be completely skipped over for the Windows 10 for Phone update. But in his tweet, Belfiore said that Microsoft is working on a way to include them in the Windows 10 update.

This means that the most popular Windows Phone model of all time, the Nokia Lumia 520 with over 12 million units active as of last July, would be updated. However, before you get too giddy, Belfiore's tweet hinted that these low end models would receive only certain features of the Windows 10 update. Belfiore also sent another tweet adding that the timing of the update will vary among devices. He said that when the insider program is launched, it initially will support a "subset of devices" with the program broadening out as time goes on.

And the Microsoft executive sent out one last tweet stating that the Insider build of Windows 10 for Phones is still expected to be available this month. Right now, the OS is undergoing "internal testing."


source: @joebelfiore via WMPoweruser

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22 Comments

1. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

pretty much expected. Apple's finest hardware, which cost an arm and a leg, gets some the treatment. Nobody expected that the phone that was already low end when it was released almost 2 years ago to get the full the fledged update now, no ?. It does show however, that MS is the new king in terms of support. supporting the whole WP8 (and WP8.1 obviously) range is really something that should be really appreciated. Android OEMS should take some notes.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering WP still has less then 3% of the global market share for almost 5 years. Not to mention Microsoft dropped the ball hard on WP 7 without upgrading its older WP 7 units to WP 8. I bought a Lumia 900 and it wasn't even 5 months old when I got news that it wasn't getting WP 8. Needless to say I was pissed at MS. MS has to pull a partial update or they take the risk of loosing what little they already have.

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Windows phone 7 don't have the SAME kernel with Windows 8/8.1/10......jeeeeeeeez do some f@cling research.

12. bbdol

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy Gear didn't have the same operating system and was updated to Tizen. There was no excuse for what M$ did. I give them props for trying this time around--even if they are merely copying Apple's model.

13. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It wasn't just the kernel. None of WP7s had high enough specs to run it. All of them were single core and some only had 256mb of RAM. WP8 requires dual core and 512mb of RAM.

16. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Exactly.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

it wasnt just about the kernel, there is a huge difference when your trying to upgrade 128/256mb phones when the new os requires 512

15. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Lumia 900 and 800 equipped with 512MB Ram. I guess WP8 can't run efficiently on single core processor.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And some had 1gb, but it was more so about the entire line vs just a select few.

19. toondewachter

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Exactly my thinking. I went through the same thing as you did back then. It would be the third time MS tricked their customers into this B$: first windows mobile 6, next windows phone 7 and now 8.1. There's a constant in here: they sell loads of old hardware only to tell you that it won't support the next version. I couldn't care less about all these fanboys here that say that it was not only about the kernel and the hardware difference etc. It was outrageous that they sold phones for about €500 that weren't supported anymore only a few months later. And how did they sell it back then? Right, because faster hardware (read: dual-core CPU's) were not necessary. It showed that they had efficient programming. LOL! The marketshare MS has now is only due to a model like the Lumia 520. Hell, most phones they're selling today are only carrying 512MB of RAM. A company can afford to trick their customers like that if they're having a popular platform and a decent marketshare. But struggling to survive they better make it work on low end devices! Don't buy this B$ from M$: they might give you some of the looks, but none of the functionality (which is pretty much what they did with WP 7.8)

20. GTNavy

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Let me know when the GS3 and GS4 get Android 5.0.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

MS never promissed win7 would be upgraded to win8, it was through a interview about a possible update, but through official channels it was never stated. It was all the media and people 'thinking' and basing it off nothing. Here MS has stated they will get win10, what features though have yet to be seen.

11. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

This is great. I mean most of the Android low end phones never gets any updates(may be apart from Moto and Android one devices.) I blame OEMs and carriers for that. It is wonderful experience owning a Lumia 520.

2. vishalvenky

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

I hope they include features like multi window,USB otg connectivity etc in windows 10.. If these features are added u can't expect to see them.running in 512mb devices. Those two will be killer feature for my L1520

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Final version of Windows10 for phones will be unveiled at Build 2015 this April.....more features to come until then.

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

He meant features like "Hey Cortana"....

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Makes sense. People that expect the best for that price are just dreaming. Now if it were the same with high end device, it would be an entirely different beast. Most of these phones are sold at $100 or less. They are basically disposable.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Clearly shows life cycle of WPhones are longer than Android. But then again, Android has custom rom developers which is a great deal breaker when you want the most of your Android device.

9. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Take attention to this phonearena news headlines: 1.- Microsoft working on A WAY to update low-end Windows Phone handsets with PARTS of Windows 10 (08 Feb 2015) 2.- iOS 7 is coming to iPhone 4 and up, but not all features will be available on all devices (10 Jun 2013) Applefans? I THINK YES!!

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

They can barely give a good review to a wp, without automatic pointreduction for not running android....i trust their reviews and headlines as much as i trust a cheating ex. I come for the news and comments, and even the news is meh at times.

10. Cyberchum

Posts: 1133; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Who doesn't this coming? It's not like all those galaxy cores, aces, and stars see a single update in their lifetime. And about custom roms, good luck finding a stable one for them.

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Really makes you wonder why kinda high end features they have up their sleeves. Looking forward to th full unveil.

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