Windows 10 update for phones delayed once again, Microsoft expects to launch it next month


It's a frustrating time to be a Windows Phone user. Back in October, Microsoft said that Windows 10 updates for Windows Phone 8.x devices would be available starting the end of 2015. But the company had to delay the updates to "early 2016." If you're hoping that this means January, we have bad news: it does not.

According to Venture Beat, Microsoft announced partners (via email) that it's delaying Windows 10 updates until next month. Reportedly, owners of Windows Phone 8.x handsets should expect to get the new version of Microsoft's OS starting early, or mid February.

February is also the month when Microsoft is allegedly planning to announce and launch the Lumia 650, which should become the company's fourth smartphone to run Windows 10 out of the box.

Meanwhile, you can experience Windows 10 on a phone only if you're a member of the Windows Insider program, or if you have one of the three handsets that Microsoft released in late 2015: Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, or Lumia 550. Speaking of the 950 and 950 XL, both should receive firmware updates next month.

source: Venture Beat

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34 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL I said back in October that MS are full of crap when it comes to updates. In the over two years I've had my Lumia 1020, not a single update came out on time, not even within the same month. February 2016 is the start of the roll out, meaning the specific Lumias will get it on their own time, each with region variations. Windows Phone updates are a bigger joke than Androids. It's alrite I've moved on, iPhone get updates instantly with all the latest fixes.

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea me and some others said the same thing about them and updates. Some of us before updates and updating the OS from one version to another was gonna be the real test so see if they really are different than Android and more like Apple. They still got a shot to convince me if all or most of 8 users get 10 and get a better experience. Prove me wrong MS...

16. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Yes, but once you're on Windows 10 train, updates will be a lot faster than android and almost as fast as iphone

24. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

forget about it. Windows is a great os on desktop and a pathetic os on phone and tablets. Its time for microsoft to adopt android and fork out its own UI of android OR leave lumia series and let Nokia build android phones

31. picka_vi_materina

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Ahhh, the stupidity of people in supporting a monopoly. Why the f**k would I want spyware infested Android on all devices?

2. mariow2015

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Not to be rude, but does anyone still use/care for Microsoft phones?

3. Lizze

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

hhaha I still use one Nokia Lumia 920. My first and last Windows s**t Phone. I will move on to Android LG5 :D :D

8. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

I personally quite liked my Lumia 730, but I don't think WP is good enough yet to replace Android for me.

20. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

I use a 640 for work (upgraded to Win 10 using Insider's program) because Outlook just rocks on it and of course works seamlessly with my company's Exchange. I only use the phone for work (calls, emails, using the Edge browser for FrontRange Heat ticketing) and it works great for that, while I use my personal Android phones (Note 5, Note 4 and OnePlus One) as my daily drivers.

25. garciano unregistered

yes I much prefer their os to android or apple.

27. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Yeah, I still prefer Windows phones. I had an iPhone 5c, and iPhone 6 and the original iPad, a Galaxy SII an HTC something and a kindle with cyanogenmod. The thing is, most people have never actually tried a Windows phone. In reviews they never customize them and make them look good, and there's always a negative sentiment towards Microsoft. But once you tried a Windows phone for a while you will love it. It's that much more intuitive and more thought through than Android, and iOS is just so boring and stale. Not to mention Android is simply so insecure it's a joke. For the record, I'm a grown man using my phone mostly for reading news, reviewing documents, taking photos/videos and playing a few games. I also have children, thus the Kid's corner is a killer feature for me. Microsoft is never going to win the current game and they aren't even trying, in my view. What Microsoft will do is to shift the paradigm of a phone. Putting Windows on a phone that can replace the laptop for most people is this shift. It's coming, and a phone capable of running win32 apps would kill for business use.

32. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

out of all the people I deal with daily, on both android/ios, I would say nearly 70% of them can be on a windows device according to their apps installed. There is still a gap, however it should slowly shrink. Problem is I cannot go into a carrier and see 5 different wp's all high end.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I love how Android and iPhone users continually visit Windows articles to spew garbage. Yes, there a few of us who enjoy Windows phones. Get over it. Get on with your pathetic lives and for God's sake, get laid!

6. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Does getting laid suddenly make you a grown up man? LMAO Heck, I like Windows Phone too, but it can't be my daily driver, though...

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Try it and you'll answer your own question.

17. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

A roll in the hay isn't something of much value. It's a cheap activity. It's nothing special. There are men who have had it, but still remained dumbasses, and there are men who haven't gotten laid, yet are civilized and grown up! Getting laid isn't synonymous to matureness. Get it!

22. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

These guys get laid on a daily basis. What do you think the "private browsing" feature was built for?

5. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

I love the hate, you all post. If you don't care then why come to the article and type do you own anything that runs Windows Mobile? I own a 950xl and updates been put out on a monthly, Microsoft currently working on bugs thats all that matters. I'm pretty sure the Note 4 doesn't even have Marshmallow?! Get off the hate sack.

7. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Not hating... But Android isn't Windows Phone. That comparision is irrelevant.

26. garciano unregistered

bull your a hater!

29. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

I ain't. If I'm to hate an OS, it'll be none other than iOS. Period!

9. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Microsoft had no choice but to push timely updates, seeing as how broken Windows 10 Mobile was.

33. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You mean like android updates? You know the ones that have bricked calling/sms at times, or battery, or alarms! Or ios update to 9...hell they even had to have a rollback feature put in because it was SO BAD. Out of the entire preview program on WP10, I have only not been able to use one build as a daily driver (photos app crash), other than that, I use it daily, daily on my 1520.

10. ezfidel

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

I'm a Android user that also likes windows phones last one I used was the 1520. Windows phone apps r garbage but it's smoothness and fluidity kills Android. I love how they didn't have to copy everyone with the UI. The live tiles r attractive and modern looking. A windows phones home screen looks way better than a Android or iPhone home screen. Once they get their s**t together I'll get another 1 but for now I'll stay with Android

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I would agree with smoothness and fluid a few years ago. Now? Its closer. Too bad smoothness and fluid doesnt = the best overall experience. If it did iPhone would be #1 in marketshare and WP/Win Mo would be #2.

34. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

iPhone isn't number one because I cannot get one in the box of cherrios I just bought... seriously though, when I can literally go to walgreens and buy one for 15 bucks...and they do the same in countries where the cash is not as high, and you have dozens of manufactures....there is a difference in sales. Marketshare doesn't mean anything when talking about experience. WP well they simply failed because well they knew nothing of the market they helped at one point create.

15. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It is kindly suggested that if you don't want your lumia 520 to take 5 seconds to move off the lock screen or load up apps, don't install WP10. Cricket lumia 520 users, don't worry. Heck you didn't even get 8.1.

18. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Been using WP faithfully since 2009. No more. MS has really dropped the ball. I'm embarrassed to even pull my phone out lately. Going to Android. WP users are kidding themselves if they think this platform will improve. How can it when MS themselves are contributing to the "app gap", and not pushing out a stable mobile OS? WP10 is horrendous, and I see it first hand at work. That's what really made my decision final. When I saw all of the issues with the 950 and 950XL both hardware and software related. Meanwhile engineers in Redmond are developing another app for another platform. Faithful WP users are left with a barely functional device.

19. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

i don"t like delaying updates...but how many android handset got marsmallow now? and how many of them will get it? If we want, we can easily get w10m and stay out of fast ring after that(build is very stable) and wait for official update. How many android user can do that?? Stop with your hating comment and happy with 80% mobile os share if we can happy with 2% os share!

21. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Not all Android fans hate Windows Phone. At least, not me.

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