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The Microsoft Update That's Finally Here

New Features Or New Disappointments?

Lauren Messer
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It seems like we've been waiting for Windows to roll out their mobile update forever...and maybe that's because we have. Last year Microsoft publicly announced in December that it would finally give older smartphones, like the Nokia Lumia models a chance to upgrade from Windows 8.1 but the target date was missed and the update never happened. The company then missed another internal deadline in February and it became sort of a false promise that Microsoft would eventually roll out Windows 10 Mobile updates for phones that were still running 8.1. But, just yesterday, things finally changed and the Windows 10 Mobile update has arrived.  

But, just yesterday, things finally changed and the Windows 10 Mobile update has arrived.  

Owners of Windows 8.1 devices can celebrate because the update will start rolling out with a long list of 18 phones including the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 930. But, some devices don't make the cut like the Lumia 1020 and the Lumia Icon. Microsoft issued a statement explaining why more devices weren't on the list and it seems like they have the customers' best interest in mind. On the other hand, they may not want to deal with any more complaints or embarrassment at their inability to enhance their customers' mobile devices.

In the statement they say, "As Windows 10 delivers significant new innovations, many older devices are not able to successfully upgrade without an impact on the customer experience. Our goal is to only offer the Windows 10 upgrade to devices that we are confident can continue to deliver a good customer experience." Ok Microsoft, whatever you say. That still leaves some people without the update and maybe a little bit angry to find out that they are not eligible after waiting all this time. If you want to find out if your phone will be receiving the upgrade, you'll need to download the Windows Upgrade Advisor app from the Windows Store. The app will tell you if the upgrade is available for your device and from there you follow the app instructions. Some sources are reporting that it takes a little more than an hour for the upgrade to complete.

Windows 10 Mobile does come with some decent updates like a new Start screen, Windows Hello, and Continuum. There are improvements to Cortana and wider app support. Windows 10 Maps also appears to have new features like being able to view multiple search results on the same map and the ability to see your favorite spots offline. What might be most useful is the feature that allows you to see multiple routes layered on top of each other. For example, now you'll be able to view hotels and restaurants at the same time. Right now these updates are only available to Windows Insiders though with no promise of when regular users will have access.

Obviously Microsoft has been working to update their operating systems over several platforms, although they've seemed like a hot mess trying to get it all done with missed deadlines and promises. It will be a pleasant surprise if they roll out anything else new or innovative anytime soon. 

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