In news that will definitely spell delight for Lumia owners who currently have Windows Phone 8 or 8.1 installed on their devices, Microsoft has made it clear that they will be eligible for the Windows 10 update whenever it’s rolled out. This new software platform is the company’s attempt to bring more parity between desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The official Lumia account on Twitter revealed this pleasing piece of information in reply to a query by a user. Windows 10 being compatible with those devices running Windows Phone 8 right now is a big deal, since Microsoft doesn’t have a good track record of providing big updates to its old gadgets.
When the Windows Phone 8 OS was unveiled, owners of those devices running the 7.x versions of the software were not granted an update, leaving them fuming. But thankfully, that won’t be the case this time around, even as devices as old and low-end as the Nokia Lumia 520 will be receiving the 10 version of Microsoft’s OS, if the company’s claims are to be believed.
This new software platform was first showcased in September this year, and while its Technical Preview is available for desktops at the moment, its mobile version has not yet been revealed. Apparently, the Redmond-based giant wants to build the OS in such a way that it’s a single unified platform for desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets and other gadgets.
@Kalars07 We plan to upgrade all Windows Phone 8 devices to Windows 10 in the future :)
— Lumia (@lumia) November 13, 2014
Click here to see the changes Microsoft has blessed Windows 10 with. Its general availability is scheduled for late 2015, but we can expect the mobile version to arrive prior to that; for Lumia devices at least.