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Windows 10 rollout delayed for current Windows 8 phones

Emma Clark

Published 18/12/2015 | 09:43

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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users won't be able to upgrade their handsets to Windows 10 Mobile as previously indicated. The upgrade is coming in the new year.

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Microsoft previously intended to upgrade a large selection of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 phones to Windows 10 Mobile in December, but this has been pushed back until the new year.

In a statement to ZDNet, Microsoft said, "This November we introduced Windows 10 to phones including brand new features such as Continuum and Universal Windows Apps with the introduction of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will begin rolling out early next year to select existing Windows 8 and 8.1 phones."

No explanation has been provided as to why the upgrade has been postponed until early 2016.

Microsoft is yet to say which handsets will make the transition to Windows 10 Mobile. A support page was updated earlier this year to note that the Windows 10 Mobile software upgrade will require at least 1GB of RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage.

It is possible that Microsoft has simply delayed the upgrade to ensure that it's fully ready for mass usage. If you're using a handset that runs Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, make sure you check your specs to ensure you can get the upgrade and then keep an eye out in the new year.

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