If you're not a Windows Insider, the prospect of updating your Windows Phone 8.1 powered handset to Windows 10 Mobile probably has you excited at the thought of running a brand new OS on the unit. Back in October, it appeared as though the update would take place in December. By last month, it was clear that Windows 10 Mobile wouldn't see the light of day until early 2016.
Wireless carrier Vodafone Australia said that it is waiting for "bits" of the OS to test, and expects this to happen by the middle of this month. Another mobile operator, Movistar Spain, now expects to push out Windows 10 Mobile at the end of this month.
Tweets sent out today from Microsoft's Lumia Support Twitter account reveal that the Windows 10 Mobile update will be taking place "soon." If we put together the comments made by the carriers with the tweets disseminated by Microsoft, it would appear that the Windows 10 Mobile update will start making their way to Windows Phone 8.1 powered handsets before the middle of next month.
According to the Lumia support page, those handsets receiving Windows 10 Mobile must have at least 8GB of internal storage. In addition, "not every phone will support all possible Windows 10 features. Certain features and experiences will require more advanced future hardware." Only phones loaded with Lumia Denim (OS version 8.10.14219.341) can be updated. Go to Settings > extras+info to check the current software release on your phone. To see what OS version your phone is currently running, go to Settings > about > more information.
We're working to make Windows 10 available to eligible Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 as an upgrade. If your Lumia is eligible for the upgrade, we'll let you know when it's ready. 8 GB of internal memory required. Like any upgrade to a new operating system, not every phone will support all possible Windows 10 features. Certain features and experiences will require more advanced future hardware."-Lumia support page