We were told back in November, thanks to a tweet from @Lumia, that “all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices” would receive the Windows 10 update. Our cynicism nodes tingled ever so slightly, but the mood we settled on was Pleasant Surprise.
Alas, turns out we were right to be sceptical, as we’re now told that most – not all – Lumia phones will get the Windows 10 update.
That’s the story over on Nokia Conversations, where the lovely Rhea Borja sat down with silver fox Chris Weber, Corporate Vice President of Sales for the Microsoft Mobile Devices group.
The cracks start to form when Chris reveals: “not every phone will upgrade or support all possible Windows 10 features.” To be fair, that’s to be expected, given the vast array of Lumia spec sheets. Some features will be more demanding on resources than others, and there are tradeoffs with entry-level phones.
However, worse than simply getting some of the features, is not getting any at all. Chris adds: “Our goal is for the majority of the Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 to join the Windows ecosystem.” The majority, you say? So not all.
Windows Phone head honcho Joe Belfiore spoke about the next big release earlier this week, revealing Windows 10 features including improved Microsoft Office and Outlook, a new Settings menu, new Calendar, instant switching between SMS and other messaging apps (including Microsoft’s own Skype), message dictation, and wireless printing.
Of course, the headline feature is synergy between all your Microsoft devices: “One product family. One platform. One store.”
Presumably we’ll get a list of Windows 10-compatible Lumia devices in due course, but don’t get your hopes up if you have, say, the two-year-old Nokia Lumia 520.