Microsoft’s public preview of Windows 10 for smartphones is ready to get started soon. Rumors that it might launch earlier this week have clearly not panned out, though we heard as much already, anyway. But soon the preview will be here, make no mistake; will your phone be able to run it, though? Late last month we talked about an update to the now-Windows Insider app that mentioned minimum system requirements, making it sound like certain current Windows Phone models might not be able to run the preview. In the comments, many of you jumped on the theory that handsets with just 512MB of RAM wouldn’t make the cut – phones like the Lumia 530. As it turns out, that’s not going to be the case, with Microsoft confirming that there’s no hard-and-fast 512MB RAM cut-off.
This is coming from Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul, who debunked the release rumors we talked about on Tuesday. Aul makes reference to a (still unreleased) formal list of phones that the preview will support – so presumably, we’re still looking at some degree of limitations for certain devices – and at least some phones with 512MB of RAM will be on it, ready to run the preview.
He also clarifies that 512MB support will be present for this upcoming first Windows 10 preview release – the implication there being that this may not necessarily be the case for the future. As Microsoft adds more features and fine-tunes the platform for its formal release, system requirements could easily climb, and we may see some point where low-RAM phones are left behind. But for the immediate future, at least, there’s cause to be hopeful.