Windows 10 Technical Preview Coming To “More” Phones Soon!

Most would say that the initial release of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones was, badly communicated, and left a lot of budding testers out in the cold. With a very limited amount of phones able to install the preview, there was an audible worldwide groaning, and a strong wave of criticism for Microsoft’s lack of clear pre release communication.

Let’s face it, they did themselves, no favours, but it seems that they have gotten the right person on the job to get info out to users now, @GabeAul is someone you want to be following if you want to be ahead of the game on releases of new builds for Desktop and Phone. Everyone’s eager to get updates, and new builds as quickly as possible, and in it’s endeavour to be more open, Microsoft explained how they are approaching getting working builds out in a timely manner in a recent post.

Phone builds may be a little different to desktop builds

When we sent out the first build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones on February 12th, the list of phones was very limited. As I wrote in the accompanying blog post, the reason for this is that we had to select from the set of phones that had sufficient system partition sizes configured by the manufacturer. This was necessary for us to be able to in-place upgrade the phones. I also talked about a feature we were working on called “partition stitching” that would allow us to re-size the system partition dynamically, allowing us to do the upgrade on a larger set of phones.

SO in a blog post earlier today Gabe Aul assures us that they have moved forward with the partition stitching feature, and are well into testing it, with some success. The good news is that this will enable a huge amount of devices to run the next release of the Technical Preview for phones, it’s a long list,

Bottom line is that this is a preliminary list, but as Windows Insiders I wanted to give you the visibility even though it’s not 100% locked:

  • Lumia 1020
  • Lumia 1320
  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 520
  • Lumia 525
  • Lumia 526
  • Lumia 530
  • Lumia 530 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 620
  • Lumia 625
  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 630 Dual Sim
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 720
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 730 Dual SIM
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 810
  • Lumia 820
  • Lumia 822
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 920
  • Lumia 925
  • Lumia 928
  • Lumia ICON
  • Microsoft Lumia 430
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM DTV
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
  • Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM

We aren’t given a time of release, but this would of course make you think that it isn’t to far away. When you think that an official mainstream release would not be expected till late 4th quarter 2015, on hopefully some flagship device/s, it’s still early days. While I have been running the first release on a Lumia 830, it was/is not stable enough to trust as an everyday driver. Will the next build release, ???, I wouldn’t think so.

What’s important though is getting the preview out to as many as possible for criticism/feedback, and continued improvement.

Source: Microsoft

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