Windows 10 Mobile Now Tipped To Roll Out On March 17 For Several Devices
So far, Windows 10 Mobile has been available only on a few select devices, such as the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. That may change this week, however, if the rumors turn out to be accurate.
Earlier this month, for example, Vodafone Italy revealed that it would be rolling out the Windows 10 Mobile update to its subscribers' devices sometime between March 7 to 13, but that never happened.
"Windows 10 is available on PCs and tablets now, as well as the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL which shipped in November. Availability of Windows 10 on other devices, including select mobile phones, will begin rolling out early this year, and the full list of upgradable devices will be available then," a Microsoft spokesperson commented regarding the Windows 10 Mobile rollout.
However, if the rumors are indeed true, Windows 10 will finally arrive via an over-the-air update for a larger set of Windows-powered phones. The lineup of devices that should be getting the Windows 10 Mobile OTA update include the Lumia 1520, 930, 830, 735, 640, 640 XL, 638 and 535.
The day the update is expected to drop could come as early as this week by Thursday, March 17, and that would concur with Microsoft's statement about an "early this year" rollout. That's according to a Windows blog based out of Italy that has been pumping out leaks recently, even though we've yet to receive official confirmation from Microsoft.
We have, however, found out that the company does intend to release that update this month based on an email Microsoft sent out to its partners. In that email, it's said that the company has targeted March as the release date for Windows 10 Mobile.
Older devices running Windows Phone 8.1 will need firmware updates to get Windows 10 Mobile, while the first devices running the latest Windows-based mobile operating system out of the box were the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Due to the latest Windows OS, these new flagship devices boast numerous features such as Continuum and Microsoft Edge.
With Continuum, users can turn their Windows 10 Mobile-equipped phones into full-fledged PCs by connecting their device to a monitor, keyboard and mouse via the Microsoft Display Dock. The technology scales up the smartphone's apps to better fit a full-sized screen for an optimized workflow to increase productivity from home to the office.