We’re often too busy with iOS and Android to really talk about Windows Phone Mobile, but even I have to admit that the introduction of continuity features with Windows 10 Mobile has me excited. The new mobile OS launched with a few new devices already, but its taken its time reaching existing Windows 8.1 handsets. that changed yesterday with Microsoft finally rolling out the update to a select few models, which add a whole lot of functionality to your smartphone.
First off, you’ll need a compatible device. Windows 10 Mobile is launching to a rather large range of phones, but they’re still on the mid-high ranges of the scale. That makes sense given the increased demands, so make sure your device is on the list below:
- Lumia 1520
- Lumia 930
- Lumia 640
- Lumia 640XL
- Lumia 730
- Lumia 735
- Lumia 830
- Lumia 532
- Lumia 535
- Lumia 540
- Lumia 635 1GB
- Lumia 636 1GB
- Lumia 638 1GB
- Lumia 430
- Lumia 435
- BLU Win HD w510u
- BLU Win HD LTE x150q
- MCJ Madosma Q501
If you’re on then, you’re set. Just hit up the Windows Store, find the Upgrade Advisor App and download. Why you need an app to check for a download seems…strange, but you’ll immediately get to check if you can install Windows 10. Just be cautious about the upgrade, because as much as Windows 10 adds it also might take away some of your most important features.
- Notifications for missed calls, messages, and emails on contact tiles is not supported at the time of Windows 10 Mobile release.
- Me Tile and Me Card are no longer supported.
- Cortana can no longer search for apps, setting, email, text messaging, contacts and QR Codes on the device and can no longer open apps through voice commands.
- “Hey Cortana” is no longer available on some upgraded devices.
- Group tiles can no longer be used to receive social networking status updates.
- Indoor Maps are no longer available for some locations.
- Certain enterprise features, including Data Protection Under Lock, are not available; please contact your Microsoft Volume Licensing representative for more information.
- At time of Windows 10 Mobile release Outlook Mail app cannot open .EML attachments.
- Outlook Calendar app does not support Tasks.
- MDM capability to prevent saving and sharing Office documents not supported.
- Many apps, in-app purchases, files, and settings will migrate as part of the upgrade. However, some apps, in-app purchases, or settings may not migrate.
- Some apps and content sold separately. Feature and app availability and experience may vary by device and market.
If you’re still ok with that, then Windows 10 Mobile because a brand new connection between you and your desktop PC. And it’s only bound to get better, as Microsoft continue pushing their universally accessible application throughout the year.
Last Updated: March 18, 2016