The Internet is defiantly abuzz over yesterday’s release of Windows 10. The operating system was made available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, and can be obtained via Windows Update, ISO, or through the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.
But while Windows 10 Home and Pro will appease the vast majority of desktop, laptop, convertible, and tablet users, there are still millions of people around the globe with smartphones running Window Phone 8.1. Microsoft promised that Windows 10 Mobile would be made available later this year as a free upgrade for Windows Phone users, and the company is now giving us an idea of which devices will be eligible for the new operating system.
Earlier this week, Microsoft updated its Windows 10 Mobile product page, which now reads:
The following Lumia smartphones will receive a free upgrade when available: Lumia 430, Lumia 435, Lumia 532, Lumia 535, Lumia 540, Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, and Lumia 930.
The list made no mention of Microsoft’s best-selling smartphone, the low-end Lumia 520, and lead some to believe that Microsoft was abandoning a large numbers of Windows Phone devices with the transition to Windows 10. However, Neowin has received confirmation that the initial list of 10 devices is just the beginning:
This is an initial list of in-market devices to receive the Windows 10 update. It is our ambition to bring Windows 10 to all Lumia devices running Lumia Denim software, noting that some features will vary, based on the hardware specifications.
That should be welcome news to Lumia 520, Lumia 630, and Lumia 1520 users whose hearts skipped a beat when it seemed as though they might not see Windows 10 Mobile on their device. Thankfully, it looks as though Microsoft is working to ensure that all Windows 10-compliant devices are able to run the operating system without issue. And it makes sense that Microsoft might need a little more time to tweak Windows 10 for devices like the Lumia 520, which comes loaded with a minuscule 512MB of RAM.