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Microsoft Lumia 640 among the first to get the latest Windows 10

By April Taylor , May 04, 2015 08:35 AM EDT
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The Microsoft Lumia 640 will be one of the first Windows Phone handsets to receive the latest Windows 10, a company executive has officially announced.

Microsoft already pledged to upgrade most of its Windows Phone devices to the latest Windows 10 once the new OS is ready to roll out to the public later this year, but we also know that some features will not work on all devices because of hardware limitations.

The new Continuum for Phones feature in Windows 10, for instance, will work with devices that come with the new OS out of the box, which means that only the next-generation of Windows 10 phones will get to enjoy the feature.

Nevertheless, existing smartphones currently running Windows Phone are expected to receive Windows 10 later this year, even if they will not be able to support all features. The Microsoft Lumia 640, for instance, made its debut at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) back in early March and came with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, but the company also mentioned the handset is Windows 10-ready and will receive an upgrade once the new OS rolls out.

A new video starring Ossi Korpella, the General Manager of Microsoft's Scandinavian division, reveals that the Microsoft Lumia 640 will be one of the very first handsets to receive the latest Windows 10. The video surfaced a couple of weeks ago, but it has flown under the radar up until now.

The Lumia 640 XL that made its debut alongside the Lumia 640 should be in for the same treat as well, but Korpella made no mention of the phablet for now. Both the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are designed with affordability in mind, and getting the latest Windows 10 OS on a budget device will surely make the handsets even more popular.

It remains unclear at this point just when exactly Windows 10 will be ready to start rolling out to smartphones, but the company should offer more information in the following months. The latest OS will roll out to the desktop first, as development is farther along, and the rollout for phones will follow afterwards.

We'll keep you up to date as soon as we learn more about the Windows 10 release for phones, so stay tuned.

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