Is it really, truly happening? Windows Phone users were burned in the past when Microsoft release a major platform update without bringing the new code to older phones, but this time was supposed to be different: existing Windows Phone 8.1 handsets would be getting updates that brought them into the world of Windows 10 Mobile. We know that Insider testers have been working with in-development builds for months (hell, over a year by this point), but when would a public release be ready? After missed deadlines, and rumors that failed to pan out, it’s been looking like that day could nearly be upon us, and a report from earlier this week suggested that we’d see Microsoft get things rolling tomorrow, on March 17. We’re still waiting on official confirmation, but as one more source weighs in with support for that date, we’re starting to feel cautiously optimistic that updates are finally about to land.
Despite that Microsoft announcement that was supposed to arrive on Monday not happening as rumored, word is that this March 17 date is still a go, and tomorrow Microsoft will formally announce the availability of Windows 10 Mobile for those Windows Phone 8.1 devices already in circulation.
Echoing a previous account of how these updates would get underway, Microsoft will supposedly make initial Windows 10 Mobile updates on a manual opt-in basis, requiring users to explicitly trigger the update process from their phones. A more traditional push update is expected to follow at some point in the future, but we haven’t heard anything in specific about how long it make take for that transition to happen.
Check back with Pocketnow tomorrow to learn if all these reports have been accurate, or if Microsoft is going to keep us waiting.
Source: Venture Beat