All Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8.x will receive the new Windows 10 operating system next year, Microsoft has confirmed.
It's no longer a big secret that Microsoft wants to unify its platforms, and next year Windows 10 will start rolling out to smartphones and replace the Windows 8 OS. This is great news for Windows Phone users and fans, as many feared the new update would repeat the whole Windows 8 update chaos.
As a reminder, when Microsoft released its Windows Phone 8 update, it left many users in the cold. More specifically, many owners of older devices were only eligible for the Windows Phone 7.8 update, with no access to the newer Windows 8. Some devices limited to Windows Phone 7.8 had been released only half a year before Windows 8, yet still the update was denied.
Microsoft will still not release Windows 10 to all Windows Phone devices since the beginning of time, but at least all Windows Phone 8.x devices, meaning from 2012 on, will get the update. Simply put, all Windows Phone devices released in the past two years will get Windows 10 next year.
"There will be Windows 10 upgrades for all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices :) And we will release new Windows 10 models in the future!" Microsoft said on its Lumia Twitter account, replying to a user.
Compared to the Windows Phone 8 update fiasco, it seems that Microsoft has learned its lesson and is no longer leaving many users behind when it starts rolling out the next major version of its operating system. Windows 10 is expected to bring notable changes, features and improvements to the platform, and mark a notable overhaul for Microsoft's mobile platform. The unification of the Windows and Windows Phone platforms should benefit both consumers and developers, and apps should be more readily available for all devices.
Microsoft has yet to offer an exact schedule for when Windows 10 for mobile will start rolling out to Windows Phone 8 devices, but should provide more details in the months to come. We'll make sure to keep you up to date as soon as we learn more on the matter, so stay tuned.