It?s official! Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile is finally coming to your Lumia devices. Microsoft announced rolling out Windows 10 Mobile to 18 of its devices running Windows Phone 8.1. The phones that are on the official upgrade list are Lumia 1520, 930, 640, 640XL, 730, 735, 830, 532, 535, 540, 635 1GB, 636 1GB, 638 1GB, 430, 435, BLU Win HD w510u, BLU Win HD LTE x150q and MCJ Madosma Q501.
To be able to upgrade, you will require the Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor app that can be downloaded from the Windows Store and check if the update is available for your device.
You can download the Upgrade Advisor app from here and see the video below to understand how to get the latest Windows 10 Mobile on your device.
Microsoft, however, said it wouldn?t be rolling out Windows 10 Mobile to all of the Windows phone devices.
?This list includes a limited set of Windows Phone 8.1 devices and does not include some devices that are currently running Windows 10 Mobile in the Windows 10 Mobile Insider program. As Windows 10 delivers significant new innovations, many older devices are not able to successfully upgrade without an impact on the customer experience. Our goal is to only offer the Windows 10 upgrade to devices that we are confident can continue to deliver a good customer experience.?
The Windows 10 Mobile will include a bunch of new features, including a new Start screen, an improved Cortana, better Live tiles, wider app support, Windows Hello and Continuum. Some of these features, like the Continuum, that require certain hardware won?t necessarily work on your phone even if it gets upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile.
Also, the update will feature the new Edge browser for the mobile app, and instant access to more stuff than earlier in the action center of the mobile OS. The Windows 10 update with its Universal Windows Platform would also allow apps to run both on your smartphone and PC.
Another feature Microsoft announced is the updated Alarms & Clock app that now introduces a new inline time picker and improved design for creating and editing alarms and timers.
On the other hand, some features will be lost upon upgrade. According to VentureBeat, your contact tiles will not show notifications for missed calls, messages and emails. The Me Tile and Me Card are also no longer supported, while group tiles can?t be used to receive status updates from social networks.
Cortana will work better overall, though you can no longer search for apps, settings, email, text messaging, contacts and QR Codes on the device with her. Cortana can also no longer open apps through voice commands, and the ?Hey Cortana? trigger will no longer work on some upgraded devices.
Other small feature losses include Indoor Maps not working anymore for some locations, the Outlook Mail app not being able to open .EML attachments, and Outlook Calendar not supporting Tasks. Certain enterprise features, including Data Protection Under Lock, are not available and that the MDM capability to prevent saving and sharing Office documents are no longer supported.