Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing Windows Phone 8.1 Lumias will be getting here soon … won’t they? At least, while we’ve heard a possible February 29 date for the start of update distribution, the story surrounding surrounding such releases has been a little hard to follow, and Microsoft’s not doing anything to clear things up with an official statement. As we wait and see to find out exactly what transpires, Microsoft’s at least talking a little about how phones will make the transition to Windows 10 Mobile, and what roll firmware updates will play in the process.
Historically, Lumia phones got firmware updates alongside major Windows Phone platform updates, but that’s no longer going to be the case with Windows 10 Mobile, treating firmware and software updates as distinct entities, with their own distribution timetables.
That said, Microsoft clarifies that some devices currently on WP8.1 will need to have their firmware updated to resolve certain outstanding issues prior to upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile. The company stopped short of actually providing a list of such models, and the only advice it offers users is to make sure their phones are running the latest available software, in order to be as ready as possible to take these firmware updates when they actually do land.
Does that mean that some devices will be waiting significantly longer than others for their W10M updates? Or will the necessary firmware updates be available for affected hardware as soon as W10M updates themselves start arriving in general? As per usual with this process, Microsoft’s not saying more that it actually is saying, but at least we now have an overall sense of how these updates are going to proceed.