Microsoft halts Windows 10 Technical Preview availability for select Lumia models
Just about a week ago, Microsoft made available the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview release for its Lumia smartphones, giving users a chance to check out the progress the company is making on new Windows 10 features. Maybe the best thing about this new release was the sheer number of phones compatible with it; Microsoft hugely expanded its list of supported hardware from the very limited initial preview we got back in February. But not all of those handsets are playing nicely with the new build, and with a few of them, Microsoft’s going so far as to stop making the preview available for installation in the first place.
The issue at hand concerns the Lumia 520, 525, and 526. What’s interesting is that the problem isn’t so much with Windows 10 itself, but moving back to Windows Phone 8.1. Users running the preview are supposed to be able to uninstall it once they’re done trying out it, returning to the stable 8.1. Problem is, that roll-back step has been failing for some users with Lumia 520, 525, and 526 handsets.
Rather than lead users down a pathway that ultimately see their phones bricked during the downgrade, or leaves them stranded on Windows 10 altogether, Microsoft is halting distribution of the latest Technical Preview until these failures can be addressed.