The strong expectation of Microsoft releasing Windows 10 Mobile to older phone today -17th March has turned out to be true. Microsoft has finally announced availability of Windows 10 Mobile upgrade to a select set of Windows 8.1 device.
Microsoft has said that many older devices are not able to successfully upgrade without impacting customer experience due to significant new innovations in Windows 10, keeping some phones out of Windows 10 upgrade possibility.
Devices eligible to receive Windows 10 Mobile upgrade are: Lumia 1520, 930, 640, 640XL, 730, 735, 830, 532, 535, 540, 635 1GB, 636 1GB, 638 1GB, 430, 435, BLU Win HD w510u, BLU Win HD LTE x150q, MCJ Madosma Q501.
Microsoft has made it clear that phones with 512 MB RAM will not support Windows 10 mobile upgrade.
@coreyd_0512 We do not have plans to put W10M on devices with 512 MB ^TJ
— Windows Insider (@windowsinsider) March 17, 2016
To check if the Windows 10 upgrade is available for your phone and install the upgrade, install the Upgrade Advisor app from Windows Store and run the app to see if the update is available and select Enable Windows 10 upgrade.[appbox windowsstore 9nblggh0f5g4]
To make Windows 10 upgrade process clear, Microsoft has published a video on how to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. Watch the video below to understand the upgrade process.
For any reason you want to go back to Windows 8.1 after upgrading, you can use Windows Device Recovery Tool to rollback to the previous version. Read more about DRT here.
With Windows 10 mobile finally releasing for older devices, it will be interesting to see how much help it does to boost Windows 10 mobile share in the market.
Do you have a Windows phone? Is your device eligible for upgrade? Will you be upgrading? Let us know your experience.