Recently Microsoft has finally released Windows 10 Mobile to the public. The operating system has been available through the Windows Insider project from Microsoft for many months, however it was always a bit experimental and was not ready for the public. After testing the operating system and fixing all the bugs, making it more stable and reliable and bringing tons of new features to the OS, Microsoft made it available also to Non-Insiders. With the release of the OS, there came some disappointment since Microsoft didn’t offer the upgrade of Windows 10 Mobile to all Lumia devices with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1. Former high-end devices like the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 925 and the PureView Monster Lumia 1020 are only a few examples.
The same happened with the upgrade from Windows Phone 7.5 to Windows Phone 8.1, where early adopters of the operating system with the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 900 were left behind. Though it was a bit different back then, since Microsoft wanted to have their mobile operating system to have the same kernel as Windows on the Desktop and therefore an upgrade was not possible. The same kernel for both versions, mobile and Desktop has brought a lot of new possibilities as you can see with the new universal app platform which is also build on this early change. Microsoft did also provide the Windows Phone 7.8 update for devices which didn’t get 8.0 which is not the case for the current upgrade from 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile.
After the upgrade disaster from Windows Phone 7.5 to 8.0 or better said the non existing upgrade, the company promised their users that there will be never anything like this again. Sure the Lumia 920 for example is a phone which is going to have its 4th birthday soon and in the Android world no one would ever assume a phone with this age to get an update. However, Microsoft promised something and the official excuse for not bringing the update to these devices was, that they had got too much negative feedback. It seems a bit odd to me, if the devices which can not run an operating system are just sorted out instead of trying to make the OS better, but I am not a developer.
To come to the point, Terry Myerson, executive vice president at Microsoft, has now send out an email to his employees explaining the future existence of Windows 10 Mobile. This was an internal email and has been leaked by Windows Central, which is known as a very reliable source for leaks about Windows and Windows Mobile. Here is what the email send out from Terry is about:
I understand that you are hearing concerns from certain partners about Microsoft’s commitment to the mobile space.
Let me be very clear: We are committed to deliver Windows 10 on mobile devices with small screen running ARM processors.
We are currently in development of our next generation products and I wanted to reconfirm our commitment to Windows 10 Mobile. We believe in this product’s value to business customers and it is our intention to support the Windows 10 Mobile platform for many years. We have a device roadmap to support that from Microsoft as well as our OEM partners who will also be selling an expanded lineup of phone devices based on this platform.
So there is another promise from Microsoft that their mobile operating system will be supported for many, many years just like they promised with all their previous operating systems for mobile devices and smartphones. Does it mean more this time or will we have to buy new phones from here in four years because Microsoft is not supporting their phones anymore? Not sure about that question and I guess I am not qualified enough to answer this question, but what do your readers think about that? Drop me a comment below with your opinion this story and whether you still believe in Microsoft or not.
Stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.