Microsoft has announced the first batch of Lumia smartphones that will be receiving the Windows 10 upgrade first. The selection goes all the way from Microsoft's entry-level handsets to Lumia phones that are arguably Microsoft's flagships.
ZD Net reports the full list:
- Lumia 430
- Lumia 435
- Lumia 532
- Lumia 535
- Lumia 540
- Lumia 640
- Lumia 640 XL
- Lumia 735
- Lumia 830
- Lumia 930
It isn't immediately clear exactly when Windows 10 will launch on mobile devices - but most people expect by the end of the month. (There have been some suggestions that it won't be hitting until November, but hopefully this was just the spokesperson referring to the African market.)
The upgrade will be free on mobile devices.
The new OS brings with it a raft of upgrades for mobile users, including a unified messaging client that for the first time bakes in Skype as an integral part of the Windows eco-system. Perhaps the biggest architectural upgrade is the integration of "unified" apps. These are apps that can run on any Windows 10 device, whether mobile, tablet, desktop or even Xbox, from a common codebase - which makes it easier for developers to port apps across. This could be a boon to Windows on mobile especially given the paucity of apps available compared to the likes of iOS and Android. (There has even been some speculation that Windows 10 mobile will run Android apps.)
Microsoft has also promised a new mobile version of Office, with even greater integration with its OneDrive cloud storage service.
The announcement of the Lumia launch follows the big launch of Windows 10 on desktop computers on July 29th. Desktop users running either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade for free now if they upgrade within the first year. Arguably it was this desktop release that has been more hotly anticipated as it finally killed off the Windows 8 "Metro" interface for desktop users, which has worked out rather better for mobile users (indeed, Windows 10 on mobile doesn't deviate too far from the norm on this). [ZD Net]