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Windows 10 Creators Update Will Reach 13 Windows Smartphones

15 April 2017, 8:23 am EDT By Sumit Passary Tech Times
Microsoft revealed that it would release the Creators update for only 13 Windows-powered handsets. This decision would disappoint many users who hoped that the update would be rolled out for all Windows-powered phones.  ( Sean Gallup | Getty Images )

Microsoft confirmed it would roll out the much-awaited Creators Update for Windows 10 from April 11, but the excitement for Windows Phone owners is short-lived.

Microsoft previously announced that the Creators Update for Windows 10 would head to the smartphones as well. However, the company has partly backtracked on its promise and revealed that the update will roll out to a select 13 Windows-powered handsets only.

Unfortunately, this means that users who own other Windows-powered smartphones will not be able to install the update.

Windows Phones Getting The Update

Here is a list of the devices which would support the full Creators Update as well as the Windows Insider program.

HP Elite x3

Microsoft Lumia 640

Lumia 640XL

Microsoft Lumia 550

Microsoft Lumia 650

Microsoft Lumia 950

Lumia 950XL

Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL

Alcatel IDOL 4S

SoftBank 503LV

VAIO Phone Biz

MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601

Trinity NuAns NEO

These are the only devices which will receive the latest update and all other devices running on the operating system will have to do without it. However, any user on the Windows Insider Program can use the Creators Update, and all subsequent updates, on other Windows devices but at their own risk.

What Prompted Microsoft's Decision?

Microsoft revealed that it took feedback from users on its Insider Program. This helped the company ascertain which devices would get the Creators Update.

"We looked at feedback from our Windows Insiders and realized that we were not providing the best possible experience for our customers on many older devices. That helped us determine which devices we support for the Windows 10 Creators Update," revealed Dona Sarkar, Chief of Windows Insider Program.

Sarkar also revealed that Microsoft was aware that its decision to exclude some phones from receiving the update will disappoint users. However, this decision was taken for the best interest of all Windows Phone users.

What The Creators Update Will Bring

The features of the update are highly anticipated by fans. Some of the things which it would add to the devices include the ability to use paint to create 3D shapes and diagrams.

The update is also touted to support what Microsoft is calling mixed reality technology. It basically means that after the update, the Windows 10 device users will be able to experience virtual reality and augmented reality. Companies like HP, Dell, and Lenovo are already planning to launch MR headsets to support this feature in the Creators Update.

Other features which would be introduced in the update include an improved gaming experience, by integrating the Xbox and the PC platforms. The update will also address security and privacy issues, which have plagued Windows 10 for some time.

The final version of the update will be rolled out on April 25 for the 13 smartphones, as well as for the PC.

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