The release date for the next Windows Mobile OS may not be known yet but Microsoft has already ramped up their marketing around the new OS. Microsoft has now finally revealed devices that are marked as “Windows 10 Ready”.
The list of devices mentioned are exclusive recommendations from Microsoft for customers who wish to buy a Windows Phone.
The list of Windows 10 Ready devices is given below:
- Microsoft Lumia 435
- Microsoft Lumia 535
- Microsoft Lumia 635 / Nokia Lumia 635
- Microsoft Lumia 640
- Microsoft Lumia 640 XL/LTE
- Microsoft Lumia 735 / Nokia Lumia 735
- Microsoft Lumia 830
The list is quite small and only includes the latest Lumia devices. The list even forgoes ex-flagship devices like the Lumia 930, 1020, 1520 and budget offerings like 530 and 630. Microsoft had previously revealed that the limited internal storage on the 530 makes it incapable of upgrading to Windows Mobile 10 but the rest still go unmentioned.
There is an alternative and the only ray of hope that more devices might get updated to Windows 10 despite being not Windows 10 Ready. That hope comes from the Windows Insider Program. Even if your device is not listed in this list, it can still be upgraded by going through some hoops and getting Windows 10 Insider Preview for your Windows 8 smartphone.
Even if your phone isn’t on the list, you might be able to get Windows 10 through the Insider Program
Windows 10 Insider Preview list includes almost all Windows 8 Smartphones that have at least 8GB of internal storage and Windows version 8.10.14219.341 or newer. You can go here and view the Insider list. If your phone is supported, download the Windows Insider app and enrol for Windows 10 and that’s it.
Microsoft received a huge backlash when they left most Windows 7 devices behind on the 7.5 update. It is without doubt that Microsoft is working on including more devices but excluding previous and current Windows flagships from the Windows 10 Ready label might not be appreciated by many users.