Windows 10 Mobile will not arrive on existing handsets until early 2016

It looks like those Windows Phone 8.1 users who were hoping to get Windows 10 Mobile officially on their devices this year will have to wait until 2016.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

December 17, 2015

2 Min Read
Windows 10 Mobile will not arrive on existing handsets until early 2016

This piece of news should come as no surprise based on the fact that earlier today we learned that Microsoft is not even planning to flight anymore Windows 10 builds to Insiders until after the new year.

For those of you who are still on Windows Phone 8.1 based hardware it looks like Microsoft will be pushing back the public release of Windows 10 Mobile until sometime in early 2016.

A Microsoft spokesperson provided the following official statement to Mary Jo Foley over on ZD Net:

"This November we introduced Windows 10 to phones including brand new features such as Continuum and Universal Windows Apps with the introduction of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will begin rolling out early next year to select existing Windows 8 and 8.1 phones."

While it is good to have definitive word that the update is delayed we still do not know the entire list of which devices are expected to receive it. That leaves many users in a lurch as they wait to find out if their hardware will be supported or not.

As Rod wrote back in November, a list was available that showed just 11 Lumia devices that would get Windows 10 Mobile. Conspicuously missing from that list was a past top end device, the Lumia 1520, so that just resulted in even more confusion about the accuracy of that list.

Microsoft will need to proactively manage expectations concerning which devices will be on the final official list of supported handsets for Windows 10 Mobile. Springing that on the enthusiast community the same day they plan for the final release would not go over very well.  Just look back at the reaction to OneDrive storage changes last month for an example of how this community can respond to negative situations.

Luckily, anyone left behind can still try the Windows Insider program on their devices to get the latest test builds of Windows 10 Mobile but that may not be satisfactory to many.

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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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