Windows Phone handsets could finally get Windows 10 Mobile by end of March

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We’re well into the third month of the new year already; snow’s melting, spring’s just over the horizon … so where the heck are Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing Windows Phone Lumia handsets, already? Microsoft hasn’t reassigned itself a hard-and-fast due date since missing its initial December target, but come on already – we’ve seen indications from mobile carriers and Microsoft subsidiaries alike suggesting that updates have been nearly ready to head out for weeks now, so what’s taking so long on pressing the big “go” button? Even with many recent reports pointing to a February release, the month came and went without Windows 10 Mobile landing for old Lumia phones. Is a March release likely, or will we find ourselves waiting longer still. While nothing’s official quite yet, word is that we really will see Microsoft begin making these updates available before the month’s out.

To hear the latest rumor, Microsoft’s already contacted its partners to let them know about a planned start to this update process sometime later in March.

We’re still a little shaky on the details regarding just how this update will work, but this report suggests that initial access would be manual-only, and users would need to explicitly tell their phones to look for and install the new code. That would presumably be followed later by more a more proactive approach to distributing upgrades. That process could involve a split between the next Windows 10 Mobile service update, and availability of firmware upgrades for eligible Lumia hardware.

For the moment, we haven’t heard of an ETA any more specific that “later this month”; we’ll update you with a more precise date if and when one becomes available.

Source: Venture Beat

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