If you’re running a Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL or a Lumia 550, your smartphone came straight from the factory running Windows 10 Mobile (which is still a work in progress). For those running older Lumias with Windows Phone 8.1, you’ve had to wait patiently for the official release of Windows 10 Mobile or take your chances in the Windows Insider program via test builds.
Now, Evan Blass, who is well known to those that follow the mobile industry, is claiming that Microsoft will initiate a wide scale rollout of Windows 10 Mobile later this month. “In an email to partners, Microsoft is now targeting a release this month, to occur after the regular monthly service update,” said Blass. “The rollout is said to begin passively, from Microsoft’s perspective, in that users will need to initiate it manually from their handsets.”
Blass goes on to state that after Microsoft has monitored enough successful manual upgrades from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile, it will then commence with automatic updates so that all eligible devices will receive will receive the update.
Windows 10 for PC launched on July 29th, 2015, but Microsoft never had any intentions of delivering Windows 10 Mobile that soon. The company had originally planned on delivering Windows 10 Mobile in Fall 2015, but eventually settled on a December launch. However, that time has come and gone leaving us hoping that the March launch will indeed stick. Given Blass’ track record, however, we are pretty confident that Windows 10 Mobile will launch this month.
Windows 10 Mobile brings a slew of enhancements over its Windows Phone 8.1 predecessor including all new Office apps, Continuum support, Windows Universal Apps, enhancements to Cortana and the Microsoft Edge web browser.