Four years ago, Microsoft invited smartphone fans to take a chance on its new mobile platform, introducing the world to Windows Phone 7. And take a chance with it we did, eagerly covering its hardware and software. Two years into its life, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, the next major revision for its OS, and while that was great news for users already looking to upgrade to a new, native WP8 device, things didn’t look so good for the WP7 crowd, as Microsoft shared news that no WP7 phones would see WP8 updates at all, and the best they could hope for was to end their lives on WP7.8. All that hardware, instantly becoming out of date, was a tough pill to swallow. Now we’ve got Windows 10 on the horizon; should you be similarly afraid for your brand new Windows Phone 8.1 never getting an update to Microsoft’s next platform release? Microsoft says no, assuring users that their Lumia phones will support Windows 10.
Microsoft confirmed the news on its newly-Microsoft-branded Lumia account on Twitter the other day, stating quite clearly, “there will be Windows 10 upgrades for all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices.”
While that doesn’t cover every single WP8 phone under the sun (though we imagine the Samsungs and HTCs of the world will share their own Windows 10 update news at some point), Lumia devices make up such a vast majority of them that most WP8 users can feel confident that their phones will see Windows 10 arrive eventually. We suppose carriers could always get in the way, but this is promising news, all the same.