The journey of Windows 10 Mobile from announcement to release has certainly been a strange one. The OS itself was announced roughly one year ago, and around that time Microsoft stated that it would make its way to existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices in December. As December of 2015 came and went, they issued another statement which said that it would be pushed to the first part of 2016.

The delays with the release of the OS were fairly well understood by users participating in the Insider beta program, as there were clearly areas that needed to be improved before the software could be widely released. However, October brought about an oddity of sorts as the Lumia 950 and 950XL launched with Windows 10 Mobile while the OS still felt unfinished to users who were beta testing it. While I won't get in to the state of Windows 10 Mobile as it launched in October, the launch of the 950 and 950XL made it clear that the OS needed to come soon to the rest of the Windows Phone user base.

Today Microsoft has made good on their promise to bring Windows 10 Mobile to select Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 devices. Getting the specifics on which devices are supported is probably the most important part of the announcement, as the update does not cover all Windows Phone 8 devices, and it doesn't necessarily cover all devices that were originally eligible for the Windows Insider beta program. By brand, the devices that will receive the Windows 10 Mobile update are as follows:

Windows 10 Mobile Supported Update List
Brand Models
Lumia 1520
930
640
640XL
730
735
830
532
535
540
635 (1GB)
636 (1GB)
638 (1GB)
430
435
BLU Win HD w510U
Win HD LTE x150q
MCJ Madosma Q501

I have to admit that I'd never heard of the MCJ Madosma Q501, but it's a phone for the Japanese market, so hopefully those users will be pleased with the update. As for the devices from BLU, the update is limited to the Win HD and Win HD LTE. The former of those two is a Snapdragon 200 device with two Cortex A7 cores but 1GB of RAM, which makes it clear that the limiting factor here is RAM more than processing power.

Finally, there's the Lumia devices. The list of eligible devices is fairly substantial, but there's again the caveat with models that came in two versions that you need the model with 1GB of RAM.

To prepare for the update to Windows 10 Mobile and confirm your phone's eligibility Microsoft recommends that you download the Update Advisor application. They've also set up a support page with some more information about the upgrade.

Source: Microsoft Windows Blog

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  • Donkey2008 - Friday, March 18, 2016 - link

    What? Their management is perfectly fine according to Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai. Reply
  • Wolfpup - Friday, March 18, 2016 - link

    I completely understand if 512MB devices wont' be able to get 10. I was really surprised when they claimed they would.

    I do hope they actually TELL us at some point though LOL.
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  • lowlymarine - Thursday, March 17, 2016 - link

    Insider Preview builds of Win10 Mobile are already available on at least the 512MB Lumia 635 and have been for some time - I have it running on mine. Reply
  • hojnikb - Friday, March 18, 2016 - link

    Well, it looks like its official. Microsoft f*cked us over.
    What a bunch of lying scums. Just say it at the beginning, that you wont support win10.
    I would have sprung for a 1GB lumia for my folks, if i knew better.

    Oh well.
    Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Friday, March 18, 2016 - link

    Will your folks care? Probably not Reply
  • Murloc - Sunday, March 20, 2016 - link

    we got shafted, whatever, this is a phone I bought to use whatsapp and it does that, what do I need an upgrade for? Reply
  • 457R4LDR34DKN07 - Thursday, March 17, 2016 - link

    Guess the luck of the Irish isn't with me or my Lumia 925. Maybe I dodged a bullet because windows 10 mobile makes my phone less functional without Here maps among other issues. Might be a good time to move to Android or IOS anyways. Reply
  • MeowPurr - Thursday, March 17, 2016 - link

    Who? Reply
  • Timothy003 - Thursday, March 17, 2016 - link

    No support for 2nd-gen Lumias other than the 1520? Even those with 1 GB of RAM? Reply
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, March 17, 2016 - link

    Not even the Lumia 1020 with 2 GB of RAM :/ Reply

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