Microsoft Turns Long Time Fans Away with No Windows 10 Update

Microsoft Turns Long Time Fans Away with No Windows 10 Update

Many Windows Phone users felt themselves left out of the loop by Microsoft in the last couple of years. While the Redmond giant has expanded its reach beyond Windows Phone, launching brand new versions of its services on Android and iOS, while ignoring their need for updated apps. The users were surprised by the announcement of Windows 10, the new, universal OS to be released by MS on phones, consoles, desktops and tablets alike. They thought their phones will get a fresh, better optimized software, which won’t just allow them to play better at, but also to access a fresh collection of its Universal Apps. But things never work out as the user expects.

Microsoft kept stalling the upgrade for existing Windows Phones since last December. Windows 10 was released last November, with a pair of new flagships and a more affordable model. Contrary to expectations, the software giant didn’t roll out the update for existing phones last December, as it promised. More stalling, more previews rolled out through the Insider program followed early this year, but still no word on a final version. When Microsoft finally announced the upgrade, it was a huge disappointment for a large portion of current Windows Phone users.

According to a recent survey conducted by AdDuplex, 15.2% of all Windows Phones already run Windows 10, and another 35.2% of all the active handsets out there are capable of receiving the update. But there’s a whopping 49.6% of devices that won’t be capable to receive the update. Which is bad news not just for the users, but the ever decreasing number of developers still working for the Windows Mobile platform.

Microsoft won’t roll out the Windows 10 update to phones with 512 MB of RAM, or those with an older Qualcomm S4 chipset. The reason for the decision is that these devices received a lot of negative feedback from the Insider program. And there will be no “wave 2” either.

The list of Windows Phone handsets eligible for the Windows 10 update contains just 18 devices: the Lumia 1520, the Lumia 930, the Lumia 640, the Lumia 640XL, the Lumia 730, the Lumia 735, the Lumia 830, the Lumia 532, the Lumia 535, the Lumia 540, the Lumia 635 1GB, the Lumia 636 1GB, the Lumia 638 1GB, the Lumia 430, the Lumia 435, the BLU Win HD w510u, the BLU Win HD LTE x150q and the MCJ Madosma Q501.

Owners of these handsets will surely have the best experience possible. But the rest of Windows Phone users – yours truly included – will be left with an obsolete piece of hardware in their hands, and a bitter taste in their mouths. And many of them will surely switch to Android or iOS later.