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Why Hasn’t My Phone Got Windows 10?

It’s been a question echoed around the Windows phone community ever since Microsoft announced the Windows 10 Phone preview – just why hasn’t Windows 10 arrived my phone yet?

So far Windows 10 for mobile phones, which was promised as part of the ‘unified operating system’ concept that Windows 10 embodies, has been very elusive. We’ve seen a first build appear for some Windows Phones, but for the moment there’s a huge lack of the new OS in several models of mobile using the existing Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.

Strangely it’s higher end mobiles that have not yet received the new software – Microsoft’s availability for Windows 10 on mobile is limited to mid range phones currently. This might be due to the potential instability of the new build, meaning that mobiles with average power are a better platform for testing, but according to Microsoft themselves there are a few more reasons for the shortage.

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Explaining just why more powerful phones haven’t got Windows 10 yet, Microsoft said:

For this technical preview, we need to start with a small subset of devices in order to isolate OS issues from hardware or board support package issues so we can stabilize the platform. This is a normal part of the engineering process, but you would not have seen it in the past because we haven’t done a public preview before.

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Currently Lumia users on the Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730 or 830 running Windows Phone 8.1 can get a code for Windows 10, but the higher end Lumia 9xx range hasn’t been given access to the new OS. Microsoft made another explanation on just why these more powerful phones haven’t got the Windows 10 goodies.

Some context on why we chose these and not higher end phones like the 930/Icon or 1520: We have a feature that will be coming soon called “partition stitching” which will allow us to adjust the OS partition dynamically to create room for the install process to be able to update the OS in-place. Until this comes in, we needed devices which were configured by mobile operators with sufficiently sized OS partitions to allow the in-place upgrade, and many of the bigger phones have very tight OS partitions.

So currently you might be out in the cold if you’ve got a powerful phone, but if that announcement is anything to go by, future builds of Windows 10 for mobiles might just change things. In a recent blog posting the company said that this preview is the earliest preview of a phone OS that Microsoft has ever released, so the software is incredibly new and subject to ongoing development.

In conclusion, the answer to your question is ‘It’s just not ready yet’ and the solution is unfortunately to keep waiting for a new build that works with your mobile.

Via: Techcrunch

Source: Windows Blog